Wisely, Johnson plans to show up April 7

Early in his career, Chris Johnson was intent on spending his offseasons working out in Florida.

When he got his big contract in 2011, the Tennessee Titans incentivized his workout presence in Nashville, and he spent a lot more time with the team.

That is his plan going forward, he told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. The Titans' offseason program begins April 7.

"Yeah, I plan on being there. If I haven't been traded or released by that time, I will show up in Nashville and be ready to go from Day 1 with the team. There's been a lot of speculation about the future, and where I'll be. But I am under contract with the Tennessee Titans. That's my team. And whatever team I am with when the offseason program starts, that is where I am showing up.

"I want to run and lift with the team and do what I can to make the team better. If April 7 gets here and I am on the Tennessee roster, then I am going to show up ready to go."

I’ve written that with the Titans looking to get out of the Chris Johnson business, April 7 serves as a virtual deadline.

If he’s on the team then, works out at team headquarters and suffers a season-ending injury, the team would be on the hook for his entire $8 million base salary.

In Titans' terms, "sooner rather than later" for a resolution with CJ should mean "definitely before April 7."