by Aaron Wilson
January 08, 02014
Tennessee Titans star running back Chris Johnson wants the football more.
If he doesn't get it, or if the new head coach doesn't like his $8 million salary, Johnson prefers to leave.
Most of the buzz surrounding Chris Johnson has centered on whether the Titans want him back in 2014.
“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," Johnson told the Tennessean. "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 hasn't asked to be traded after rushing for 1,077 yards last season and making $10 million.
Johnson wants more carries, though.
“No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee," Johnson said. "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.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.