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In a statement after being told of Tennessee’s intentions to cut ties with him, Johnson thanked the Titans organization and its fans.

“I have grown so much as an individual and as teammate over the past few years, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring my experience and talents to a new organization,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter and can’t wait to contribute to my new team.”

Johnson was the 24th overall pick in the 2008 draft out of East Carolina, and had never missed a game because of injury - despite having surgery after the season to repair a torn meniscus that he played with most of the year.

He has 7,965 career yards on 1,742 carries for a 4.6-yard average, including 50 touchdowns, and ranks third on Tennessee’s rushing list behind Eddie George and Earl Campbell. Johnson also has caught 272 passes for 2,003 yards and eight TDs.


AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.