published Friday, April 4th, 2014

Tennessee Titans release running back Chris Johnson

In this Aug. 8, 2013, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson talks with teammates on the sideline in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Nashville.
In this Aug. 8, 2013, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson talks with teammates on the sideline in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Nashville.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Titans released running back Chris Johnson today.

"As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans," general manager Ruston Webster said in a release. "Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our 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 was a former first-round pick who is one of only six NFL players with more than 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first six seasons, joining Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, Eric Dickerson, Corey Dillon and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Johnson rushed for a franchise-record 2,006 yards in 2009. He was set to make $8 million this season.

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