Just about everyone who follows the Titans has come to the conclusion running back Chris Johnson won’t be back in 2014.

It’s been written about, and talked about, since the end of the 2013 season.

Johnson’s base salary of $8 million for this fall, coming off a year when he ran for a season-low 1,077 yards, just doesn’t make sense financially. The fact the Titans have been non-committal about him all offseason puts the writing on the wall in Sharpie.

At this point, it would be an upset if he’s back. Frankly, it’s not going to happen.

So what’s the hold up?

Those who follow me on Twitter saw my mention Saturday night that the team is expected to gauge trade interest in Johnson. Why not try and get something for a guy who’s going to be released?

It was greeted with sarcastic responses, and I understand where folks are coming from. Yes, trading Johnson is going to be difficult.

Teams around the league are also expecting Johnson to be released at some point, so why give up a draft pick if he’s going to be on the market and could be had with no compensation? Plus, it’s a pretty deep free agent class at running back, with backs like Houston’s Ben Tate, Indianapolis’ Donald Brown and Oakland’s Darren McFadden available. The release of Saints running back Darren Sproles put him in the mix in recent days. Other options are available, and that’s not counting the prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft.