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Chris Johnson on Tennessee Titans release: They did me wrong

June 18, 2014

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson had harsh words for his former team Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Johnson, who was cut by the Tennessee Titans in early April after the team’s front office failed in its attempt to deal the former 2,000-yard running back, criticized the organization for waiting so long to release him.

“I think they were just being nasty, to be honest,” Johnson said. “I love Tennessee, I love my fans and all that, but I say at the end of the day, they did me wrong.”

Johnson suggested Tennessee’s decision to delay the roster move – a move many saw coming as early as the end of the 2013 NFL season – may have been an act of revenge for his 2011 holdout.

“I felt like they already knew they were going in a different direction,” Johnson said. “It just baffles me that you release me after free agency is over, and you wait until a couple days when it’s time to show up for offseason workouts to let me know.”

At the time of his release, Johnson sent out a tweet thanking the organization.

I’d like to thank all of my teammates, the fans, the staff and the coaches who have supported me throughout my journey with the Titans. 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. I’m looking forward to the next chapter and can’t wait to contribute to my new team.

General manager Ruston Webster also released a statement in April thanking Johnson for his performance with the Titans.

Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our team. We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process.

Now, though, Johnson has turned his attention to exacting his own bit of revenge with the Jets.

“I’m gonna make them regret letting me go,” Johnson said. “They’re gonna regret it, trust that.”