Time for the Titans-CJ divorce to be official

The Tennessee Titans open their offseason program on Monday, and we’ve discussed how and why that should amount to a deadline for the Titans to act with regard to Chris Johnson.

The running back is scheduled to make $8 million this season, he’s coming off a career-low 3.9 yards per carry and since the season ended and the team replaced coach Mike Munchak with Ken Whisenhunt, it has offered no indication Johnson will be part of things going forward.

On SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday, Johnson's agent, Joel Segal, said he spoke to the Titans.

“I think it’s a matter of time before Chris won’t be with the Titans, I just don’t know when,” he said.

I don't rate that as giant news. But he did say publicly what we've been saying for quite some time, so it qualifies as noteworthy.

The Titans have held out for about as long as they can to try to get something in a trade, a move that would have had to come with a reduced contract.

Johnson is about to be on the market. Segal has found new homes for Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson, and will soon be taking calls on another high-profile client.

It’s time for the Titans to make the move. Monday is a milestone, as Whisenhunt and his staff get to see their players for the first time.

It needs to be about who’s in line to be part of the 2014 Titans, not about who’s not.