It's business, but with the running back clearly in decline and owed a whopping $8 million in 2014, there were rumors that the Titans were going to release Johnson for months. Instead, the team waited to part ways with him in April during the second wave of free agency after they weren't able to swing a trade. He ended up with the Jets on a two-year, $8 million deal.
Johnson doesn't appreciate being cut so late in the offseason and ripped his former team for the perceived slight Tuesday.
"I think they was just being nasty to be honest," Johnson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "They was being nasty ... I think at the end of the day they did me wrong, and I don't know if it was revenge back on (me) for holding out when I held out the whole training camp, or whatever, but I feel like they already knew they were going in a different direction.
"It just baffles me that you release me after free agency is over, and you wait until a couple of days when it's time to show up for offseason workouts."
He has a point. As the face of the franchise, the Titans could have done Johnson a favor and released him early in free agency in a show of goodwill. It's unlikely any team was going to pony up a draft pick for a running back entering his age-29 season at a salary that high.