The Titans have a big decision to make on Chris Johnson next spring.
But the way he’s running lately, he’s proving he has value to others, even if the Titans don’t want to continue to pay him.
Johnson has overcome a slow start by averaging 117 yards per game since Week Four, making obvious that he still has something to offer.
“It’s something I don’t try and think about a lot, but it pops into my head and you know there have been things said or whatever,” Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. “But it is a situation where if I am here I’ll continue to do what I do, and if I’m not, I’m sure there are 31 other teams out there that would love to have me.”
Of his $10 million in 2013 salary, $9 million becomes guaranteed on the fifth day of the league’s waiver period. When he was slow out of the gate, the Titans writing that check might have seemed a long shot, though he’s tried to block it out of his mind.
“When you get the big contract and stuff … people expect you to go for 2,000 yards every year,” Johnson said. “I am sure whatever my number is at the end of the year, people are still going to have things to say that I didn’t go over 2,000 yards or whatever.
“It’s a situation where you really can’t buy into that. You just sort of have to block those things out and do what you have to do.”
Johnson has 862 rushing yards so far, which is on pace for the second-highest total of his career. When the high is a 2,006-yard season, that’s not bad.