The decision of Titans running back Chris Johnson to question the decision to sign former Jets running back Shonn Greene seems, on the surface, confusing. But Johnson’s instincts may be on the money.
And money is the key word.
With the Titans signing Greene to a three-year, $10 million deal and Johnson making $10 million in 2013 on a contract that has become a year-to-year proposition, Johnson realizes that the presence of Greene could make the Titans less likely to keep Johnson beyond 2013 — unless Johnson plays like he did before he signed his current deal.
With Greene getting $3.33 million per year, the Titans will hope to justify the investment by using him. Which could reduce Johnson’s total workload. Which could make it harder for him to have the kind of season that would result in the Titans opting to continue the relationship.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!