The +Tennessee Titans cut their star running back Friday, ending a six-year stretch when he electrified and ultimately frustrated fans
Chris Johnson Released by Tennessee +SPORTS CR3W
"As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans. Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six year career with our team," read a statement released by the Titans.
"We have had an open dialogue with Chris' agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so.
"We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us."
Johnson was scheduled to make $8 million this year following a season when he ran for 1,077 yards and a career-low average of 3.9 yards per carry. The Titans attempted to trade him after the start of the league new year on March 11, but could not work out a deal with any other team.
Johnson posted a statement on +Twitter : "I'd like to thank all of my teammates, the fans, the staff and the coaches who have supported me throughout my journey with the Titans. I have grown so much as an individual and as teammate over the past few years, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience and talents to a new organization. I'm looking forward to the next chapter and can't wait to contribute to my new team."
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Johnson flew from his home in Orlando to Nashville late Thursday and reported to Saint Thomas Sports Park on Friday morning to meet with general manager Ruston Webster and take a physical related to knee surgery he underwent in January for a torn meniscus.
The Titans begin their offseason workout program on Monday, and Johnson told The (Nashville) Tennessean recently he planned to be there. If he took part in the program and suffered a serious injury, the Titans would have been on the hook for his $8 million salary.
The Titans saved $6 million in salary-cap space by releasing Johnson. He will count $4 million against the cap in 2014 and then be off the team's books, according to sources familiar with the situation.