With the promising Jake Locker nearing a return, underachieving Titans running back Chris Johnson will rightfully become an afterthought in Tennessee

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At least Chris Johnson earned enough loot to purchase a lovely set of gold teeth.

Considering that Chris Johnson has proven to be a bush league player, the thrifty Tennessee Titans will certainly never pick up the wannabe star’s $9 million option after this season.

The 27-year-old Johnson, who the Titans (2-4) chose out of East Carolina University with the 24th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, inked a four-year contract worth $53.5 million to become the wealthiest runner in the sport in September 2011.

Johnson, who amassed a league record 2,509 yards from scrimmage in 2009, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who in that same year managed to become only the sixth player to ever run for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

Unfortunately, the native of Orlando, a one-time All-Pro who apparently thinks he is akin to Walter Payton, lollygagged on the gridiron last autumn and ran for a mere 1,047 yards and four touchdowns on 262 carries.

Similarly, after six games to date, “CJ2K” has gained a paltry 301 yards on 92 carries.

It has become evident that Johnson, who has compiled 5,946 yards and 38 scores since debuting in Nashville, is a soft ballplayer whose blazing speed masks many of his ills.

Further troubling for Johnson, who was clocked at an amazing 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2008, is the reported progress that quarterback Jack Locker has made rehabilitating his injured left shoulder.

Once the 24-year-old Locker, who the Titans took out of the University of Washington with the eighth overall choice in the 2011 NFL Draft, is healthy, Tennessee will undoubtedly throw the ball more and give it less to the aspiring Jamaican sprinter.

The 6-foot-3, 231 pound Locker, who easily outperformed Matt Hasselbeck in their preseason competition to earn the starting job, played impressively in four games and completed 67 passes for 781 yards and four touchdowns, in contrast to only two picks, before wounding his wing.

With the promising Jake Locker prepared to become the face of the Tennessee Titans, the hits are almost over for the underachieving Chris Johnson in the “Music City.”

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