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Trade request could be next step for Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

FILE - This is a Nov. 29, 2009, file photo showing Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) running for an 85-yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. With a 2,000-yard rushing season and the most yards from scrimmage in NFL history, Chris Johnson ran away with The Associated Press 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/John Russell, File)


So with the Titans and running back Chris Johnson still at an impasse regarding his value, the next step could involve some other team paying Johnson what he’s worth.

Per a league source, a trade request could be coming soon from Johnson.

The Titans surely will claim they won’t trade him. But if there’s a team or two that will pay him what he wants, that team or two possibly would be willing to give the Titans a modern-day Herschel Walker-style package.

That said, teams likely will be far less willing to part with first-round draft picks now than the Vikings were 22 years ago, thanks to the brand-new rookie wage scale. For more on that aspect of the situation, which will apply whenever any veteran is available via trade, here’s a sliver of today’s PFT Live.