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Chris Johnson reportedly will take a pay cut for trade

Chris Johnson said back in December that he would never accept a pay cut from the Tennessee Titans. But he might be willing to take a pay cut to leave the Titans.

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Johnson reportedly is now willing to take a pay cut to help facilitate a trade, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. Johnson is due $8 million next year, but there's no way he's getting that money. (Or close to it.)

The reality of Johnson's situation probably is starting to hit the seven-year veteran. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean writes there is "some" interest around the league, but the expectation remains that Johnson eventually will be released.

Running backs are having a hard time finding money in this free-agent market. We'd expect Johnson's salary to be cut in half, at least. He's unlikely to get 300 carries again anytime soon as well.

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