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Dolphins top suitor for Chris Johnson trade according to report

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The Miami Dolphins were one of two teams that nearly completed a trade for the Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson, according to a report. Could that signal an interest in the newly released Johnson?

Dilip Vishwanat

Earlier today, the Tennessee Titans released running back Chris Johnson, ending a six-year career with the team that made him a first round draft choice in 2008. The Titans had been hoping to complete a trade that would allow them to receive some compensation in return for the three-time Pro Bowl runner.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that four teams were among the potential landing places if Johnson had been traded: New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins. Now comes a report that two of those teams were far enough into discussion that the Titans really felt a deal would be completed.

Those two teams, accodring to ESPN's Paul Kuharsky, were the Bills and the Dolphins. Both teams would have required Johnson to rework the contract that made him untenable to the Titans. Johnson was scheduled to make $8 million this year and next, with another $7 million in 2016.

Miami has signed Knowshon Moreno to join last year's starters Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. The team could look to sign Johnson, with Thomas the most likely to be released in that situation.

How much interest would Miami have in a running back they at least considered trading to acquire will have to be seen. The Dolphins could be attractive for Johnson, as the move to emphasize the run in 2014 after struggling with it in 2013. A deal may simply come down to the number on the contract desired by Johnson as compared to what the Dolphins are willing to offer.