It is certainly a growing dilemma in the Music City. Should the Titans keep Chris Johnson in the hopes that he can help Jake Locker and co. bring a championship before he starts to have more wear and tear? Or should they trade him when his value isn't the highest, but he still is an explosive player who can break it at any moment?
With the firing of OC Chris Palmer last week and the promotion of QB coach Dowell Loggins (lets not forget old Colts "heyday" OC Tom Moore brought in as an offensive consultant), there seems to be an offensive culture change in Nashville. With that comes the idea the Titans bread and butter run first and pass when needed offense is changing to a more vertical offense. A lot of the passing in this past week's game was from playing from behind, but the more passing we see, the more the Titans are relying less and less on CJ.
Some of the latest news to come out of Titans camp is they want to get the ball in Kenny Britt's hands more often and CJ is starting to growing disgruntled with his role in the offense especially after this past week's game against the Texans. Plus it is taking Locker a tad longer to mature as an accurate passer, but that can also be blamed on a couple of other team issue's (i.e. decimated O-line, dropped passes, his injured shoulder, and changing of OC's).
I can see why CJ is disgruntled, at the same time Britt is a playmaker and could be one of the best wideouts in the game when healthy (and catch when thrown to). Throw in drafted Kendall Wright and TE Jared Cook you have yourself a vertical core.
The CJ argument is, if he's still playing here and you're paying him 10 million a year, feed him the ball as much as possible. He can break a long run at any moment, and if he has a healthy O-line on the same page he could possibly run for 2K again.
If I were the Titans GM Ruston Webster I would think long and hard about fielding trade offers when the offseason arrives. Think of a team that needs a running back right now, who could really benefit. The Jets come to mind, also if Ryan Matthews continues to play below expectations the Chargers could be looking for a new back. Think about the ego-mania of Jerry Jones and if how he would love a speed demon such as CJ to join the Cowboys. Old Titans coach/new Rams coach Jeff Fisher I'm pretty sure would like to have CJ on his team. If any of those teams would want to pay a kings ransom in draft picks I would say pull the trigger, and let them deal with the 10 million a year cap hit.
If they're gonna keep him in Nashville, while a vertical scheme begins to take shape, they better find a way to keep him on the field until the wear and tear of being an NFL running back starts to take its toll.