The fact that it was reported yesterday morning that the Titans are expected to cut Chris Johnson after this season shouldn't be a surprise. He is scheduled to make $8 million next season. Running backs have been devalued in today's NFL, so it makes zero sense to pay a guy averaging 3.8 yards per carry that much money.
The Titans should have never given him that much money, but they didn't really have a choice at the time. He was coming off of 3 great seasons to start his career, he was the only offensive weapon the team had, and the Titans had a first-time NFL coach. In other words, they were squarely between a rock and a hard place.
The debate has gone around and around (and around and around and around) about what went wrong after CJ signed that deal. Some people think he got lazy after getting the money. Some people think it is all on the offensive line.
The truth, in my opinion, is somewhere in the middle. CJ doesn't run the same way he did early in his career. That is a fact, but it is also true that the line has been bad when it comes to run blocking for the last couple of years.
All of that to say that the only logical decision for the Titans to make after the season is to let Chris Johnson go.