Titans General Manager Ruston Webster said last week that there was no urgency for the team to come to a decision on running back Chris Johnson’s future with the team, but that doesn’t mean they are ignoring the need to decide whether or not they’ll pay Johnson $8 million this season.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that the Titans met with Johnson’s agent at the combine over the weekend. There was no resolution to Johnson’s status in Tennessee during the meeting nor is there any sign that the Titans plan to speed up the process so that they can come to a quicker resolution.
If he’s going to be cut, a quick resolution would likely be the best thing for Johnson. He could get to work on finding a new team immediately after the Titans cut him loose rather than possibly hitting the market at a time when teams have made other arrangements and/or spent money that could otherwise go to Johnson. It would also seem to work well for the Titans as they could devote Johnson’s money to other needs without missing any opportunities.
One such place they could devote some money is on a new deal for cornerback Alterraun Verner, who is set to become a free agent. Per Wyatt, talks continue with Verner but a new deal isn’t imminent.