The Titans will cut running back Chris Johnson on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Johnson spent six years in Tennessee and became the sixth running back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season in 2009. He signed a four-year, $53.5 million extension -- including $31 million in guaranteed money -- with the team prior to the 2011 season and was slated to make $8 million in each of the next two seasons.
In the three seasons since the extension, Johnson has struggled to live up to his salary, and his 1,077-yard output in 2013 was the lowest of his career. Last season also marked the first time Johnson's yards per rush dipped below 4.0 yards per carry.
Coming off of an offseason knee surgery, Johnson will take a physical in Tennessee today. It's possible he won't pass, leading the team to release him with a "failed physical" designation. If that happens, the Titans will owe him $1.05 million if he can't find work from another team.
As a free agent, Johnson should have several options. CBS Sports' NFL Insider Jason La Cranfora said he expects the New York Jets to be a possibility.
No great surprise, but Titans are releasing RB Chris Johnson today, per source close to situation. Johnson will be a free agent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2014
When the Titans release Chris Johnson, likely later today, I continue to expect the Jets to be a primary suitor
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 4, 2014