Chris Johnson to retire with Titans
Chris Johnson is finishing his NFL career where it all started.
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans’ official team website, Johnson will sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.
While the running back still thinks he can play with the best of them, he feels it is time to move on:
“Shoot, that’s not even a question. You put me in an offense where I’m the starting back, there’s no way I wouldn’t get 1,000 yards,” said Johnson. “I could still do it, but it’s time to move onto the next situation.”
You have to appreciate Johnson’s confidence, but the fact of the matter is that he is no longer even close to the halfback he once was.
The 33-year-old has not rushed for 1,000 yards since 2014 and did not play at all this past season, most recently totaling 114 yards in four games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.
Johnson, who played his collegiate football at East Carolina, was originally selected by Tennessee in the first round (24th pick overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He had a terrific rookie campaign, rushing for 1,228 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. Then, the following year, Johnson was even better, racking up a league-leading 2,006 yards and 14 scores on the ground while also hauling in 50 receptions for 503 yards and a couple of touchdowns, making the Pro Bowl and earning First-Team All-Pro honors as a result.
The Orlando native made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons.