Locker said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he was surprised to find out that the Titans were releasing Johnson, their starting running back for the last six seasons.
“He’s obviously been a huge part of this organization in past years and been a big contributor to what we’ve done on offense,” Locker said. “I don’t think anybody really had an idea how that was going to go, how that was going to work. Unfortunately he ended up somewhere else and and we wish him the best, where ever he does end up landing. But he gave a lot to this organization, this team, and I think everybody who had the opportunity to play with him is thankful for that.”
Locker may have been surprised, but for the rest of us, it’s surprising that he was surprised. Johnson averaged a career-low 3.9 yards a carry last year and was due to make $8 million this year. It’s been clear for months that the Titans were done with Johnson, even if Locker wasn’t ready for it.