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Report: Titans disliked Chris Johnson's 'questionable work ethic'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The Titans didn't love Chris Johnson's 'questionable work ethic.'
The Titans didn't love Chris Johnson's 'questionable work ethic.' (USATSI)

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On Friday the Titans officially made the move to cut running back Chris Johnson. While we wait to find out where Johnson will play next (the Jets are heavy favorites), the fallout continues from Johnson's run with Tennessee.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean broke down the full details of Johnson's departure in a story that's certainly worth reading. A few things stand out in particular.

Most notably is the issue of Johnson's "work ethic" which the Titans didn't, um, love. Wyatt points out that Johnson "didn't have a bad attitude" and "is a good guy." But the work ethic wasn't perfect.

"Sometimes, however, Johnson rubbed team officials wrong because of what they felt was a questionable work ethic and laid-back approach," Wyatt writes.

The matter of money was an issue as well. Wyatt points out Johnson told the paper on multiple occasions he wasn't taking a pay cut.

As for why it took a while for the Titans to finally cut Johnson, Wyatt notes they were trying to "exhaust all trade possibilities." The Dolphins were "in the mix" before signing Knowshon Moreno and Wyatt reports the Jets, Giants, Falcons, Cowboys and Bills all showed interest in a possible trade.

In other words, Johnson will find a market regardless of his work ethic.

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