Chris Johnson, who is under contract and scheduled to make $8 million next season, said if the Titans don’t plan on giving him a bigger role under their next head coach, he would rather be elsewhere, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
“I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on. Their money would be wasted on me,” Johnson said. “I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that’s going to use me the right way.”
Johnson said he hasn’t requested a trade. He vowed to continue working hard if the Titans decide to keep him. He is under contract through 2016, the result of an extension he received in 2011. He’s scheduled to make $8 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016.
“No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee. But I feel like I am wasting the prime years of my career if I am not used right. You feel me? It is crazy to look at backs around the league and see the opportunities they have,” Johnson said. “I am not a coach, and I am not a GM. But if I am paying a player to make him the top-paid guy on the team, there is no way in critical situations that he is going to be on the sideline. Around the goal line, I’d come out.
“I want to help the team win. People say, ‘He is not worth the $10 million, he is not worth the $8 million.’ I feel like if you give me $8 million, let me earn it. At crucial times of the game, I shouldn’t be on the sideline watching.”