Johnson done in Tennessee: The end is near for Chris Johnson with the Tennessee Titans. That end has been coming for some time now, but it appears to be imminent, according to the running back’s agent. The veteran running back still has some value for both an NFL team and fantasy owners, but he’ll have to find it in the context of a platoon … and not one that plays its home games in Nashville. When the inevitable release comes, the New York Jets are reportedly at the front of the line to apply for Johnson’s services. It’s likely the best case scenario for him, but he will still struggle to rank better than a low-end No. 2 back in most leagues.
Titans to go RB-by-committee: With Johnson out and new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in, the Titans are likely to go with a heavier running back rotation. Last season, Johnson split touches with Shonn Greene, but it was apparent that the former was the primary option in the running game. This season, that job will likely fall to Greene with some combination of Jackie Battle and Leon Washington filling in the gaps. The Titans were a middle-of-the-pack rushing outfit in 2013 and there’s no reason to think any of their backs will be an extremely coveted fantasy option in 2014.
Burleson visiting Miami: Nate Burleson is visiting the Dolphins in an effort to extend his playing career. While having been a serviceable receiver during his career, injuries have slowed him in recent seasons. If Burleson does wind up with the ‘Fins, he’ll have a hard time seeing a significant number of targets and would likely provide a steadying veteran presence in a locker room looking to change its culture. Burleson won’t be a fantasy factor in 2014.
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