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Titans Release RB Chris Johnson

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Tennessee Titans have released running back Chris Johnson on Friday, the team announced in a statement.

Johnson, 28, spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Titans.  He ran for a career-high 2,006 yards in 2009 and is one of only six players to run for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons.  In 2013, he averaged a career-worst 3.9 yards a carry and didn't have a run longer than 30 yards.

"As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans," general manager Ruston Webster said in a release. "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.

"We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so. We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us."

Johnson was selected by the Titans with the 24th pick in the 2008 NFL draft out of East Carolina.  He was due to make $8 million in 2014.

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