Titans Cut RB Chris Johnson

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The Titans have cut running back Chris Johnson, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Johnson was scheduled to make $8 million this year following a season when he ran for 1,077 yards and a career-low average of 3.9 yards per carry. The Titans attempted to trade him after the start of the league new year on March 11, but could not work out a deal with any other team.

“As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans. Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six year career with our team,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement released by the team.

“We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us.”

Johnson put out a statement on his release late Friday afternoon.

“I’d like to thank all of my teammates, the fans, the staff and the coaches who have supported me throughout my journey with the Titans. I have grown so much as an individual and as teammate over the past few years, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience and talents to a new organization. I’m looking forward to the next chapter and can’t wait to contribute to my new team.”

Nate Washington Faces An Uncertain Future With The Titans

Not knowing your NFL future can be a tough fate for players who are on the bubble to be back due to their salary or the fact they may be on the verge of being replaced.

That’s what’s facing Titans WR Nate Washington, who still is unsure if he will be able to return to Tennessee in 2014, most likely not unless he takes a pay cut.

Washington is set to make $4.8 million in 2014, a season that could see him reunite with Ken Whisenhunt, his former OC when he was a young WR with the Steelers.

“I think he loves me and I love that guy,” Washington said, via the Tennessean about his new coach.

“But it’s a business. Could he sit here today and tell you he’s going to get rid of me? I’m pretty sure he couldn’t. And I could never sit here and tell you that I’m gone. At the end of the day, I love coach Whisenhunt and I love the Titans. I feel the same amount of love coming back from the Titans and the city.

So whatever [the future] brings, it brings. But I will guarantee that my preparation for the city and this season will be there.”

Is there room for Washington on a Titans team with young hungry WR’s like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter?

That’s a big question, and one that may have to be answered by Washington and his hefty salary. Last season he pulled in 58 passes for 919 yards and three touchdowns, not huge numbers, but he brings a solid veteran presence to a young team.

For now, Washington’s future with the Titans remains up in the air.

It’s a fate he hopes will be determined sooner rather than later so he can get back to work getting set for the 2014 campaign.

Prisco: Titans To Take USC WR Marqise Lee With 11th Pick In Draft

USC WR Marqise Lee

CBS Football Insider Pete Prisco is out with his first mock draft, and he has the Titans taking USC WR Marqise Lee with the 11th pick.

11. Tennessee Titans — USC WR Marqise Lee: They need a deep threat to go with Kendall Wright. Oh, they also might need a quarterback. But who?

To see the entire mock draft – click HERE

Titans Likely To Let CB Verner Test The Free Agent Market

Alterraun Verner

NFL teams can begin using franchise and transition tags on Monday.

Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner, coming off a Pro Bowl season, is expected to command big money in the open market, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

The bet here is the Titans let him test the market in free agency to gauge his real value. If he gets offered big money elsewhere, he’s likely gone.

The franchise tag would cost the Titans roughly $11.2 million, and that’s a hefty price tag on a one-year deal, especially since they are paying cornerback Jason McCourty an average of $8.608 million per year.

Titans’ Kamerion Wimbley Wants To Be on Team Next Season

DE Kamerion Wimbley Wants to Stay with Tennessee Titans

In 2013, Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley recorded just three sacks and 24 tackles — failing the expectations the Titans had when signing him to a five-year, $35 million contract before the 2012 season. Wimbley became a situational pass rusher and was not on the field every play over the course of the season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wimbley was on the field just 33.1% of the time during the course of a football game, taking 390 total defensive snaps 268 of them on pass plays.

Wimbley is reportedly excited to get to work with new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Also, Wibley is happy about some potential changes in the defensive scheme under coordinator Ray Horton, who specializes in the 3-4 defense which is the same defense Wimbley played in during his time with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

Wimbley is scheduled to make $6 million in 2014, and with a lack of success last season, are the Titans going to want the pass rusher back?

“I would love to be back, and I expect to be back in a Titans uniform,’’ Wimbley told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “They are doing some exciting things. My contract is not up, and I am training as hard if not harder than I’ve trained any other offseason.”

Prior to his time with the Titans, Wimbley was one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Wimbley recorded 42.5 sacks in a six year span. His best production came when Wimbley was an outside linebacker.

The temptation to keep Wimbley is there but have the Titans seen enough to release the veteran?

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

2014 NFL Free Agents – Titans Have $6.9 Mil Of Cap Space

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Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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Titans Add Nick Eason As Defensive Assistant Coach

Nick Eason

The Titans have added another coach to the staff, as the team announced today they have hired former player Nick Eason as assistant defensive line coach.

The 33-year-old Eason played in the NFL with the Broncos, Cleveland, the Steelers and wrapped up his career playing for new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona.

Former Defensive Senior Assistant Gregg Williams Joins Rams

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the St. Louis Rams will be adding former defensive senior assistant Gregg Williams as the team’s defensive coordinator.

If you remember when Jeff Fisher got the job two seasons ago, Williams was his first choice to coach the defense but when the defensive-minded coach was suspended for an entire season, the Rams went in the direction of Tim Walton. Williams stepped back into the NFL in 2013 as the Tennessee Titans‘ senior assistant defensive coach.

Williams will now make his way back to defensive coordinator status. His last time coordinating a defense ended badly as he and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton were suspended for an entire season for bountygate.

Williams will get his shot again against one of the rising defenses in the entire league. How will the 55-year-old coach fare?

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.