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Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 10:13 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, Titans RB Chris Johnson doesn’t just want top-tier running back money in order to end his holdout from Tennessee camp. He wants top-tier NFL player money. That’s the word from, which reports that there are no signs the Johnson-Titans impasse will end anytime soon.

Johnson's Contract Journey
Although the Titans have stated they’re willing to make Johnson the highest-paid RB in the league -- if you were looking for comparisons, Adrian Peterson will make $10.7 million this year, and the Panthers gave DeAngelo Williams $21 million guaranteed this offseason -- they actually haven’t made a formal offer to Johnson’s agent.

Meanwhile, Johnson, whose base salary for 2011 is $800,000, says he wants $30 million guaranteed for his next contract, and he’s willing to lose a year of accrued free agency to do it. It should be noted that Tennessee gave Johnson a raise to end his holdout last year, so when the Titans say they won’t negotiate with Johnson if he’s not in camp, it’s questionable whether they mean it.

Especially since we all know how important Johnson is to their cause.

Otherwise, the Titans will feature Javon Ringer, who hurt himself in Tennessee’s first preseason game and missed Monday's practice, as their starting RB. Which might not be a terrible thing, because it seems like the coaching staff and players are impressed at Ringer’s talent (even if the awesomeness of Johnson has blocked most everybody else from seeing it).

But Tennessee also doesn’t know exactly what it’s getting if the Titans need to get him 25 carries a game. With Johnson, they do.

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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:31 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Pay the man his money, It is overkill for a RB but you need this guy, secondly, don't run this guy into the ground. Dimish his carries so that his longevity in the league doesn't diminish in the coming years. give this guy a 4 year 45 million dollar deal with 30 million guaranteed. You know this guy is going to produce, so that guaranteed money isn't that bad and especially since it's only a 4 year deal you'll have him through age 29 meaning those 4 years are the heart of his career. The annual average of that deal would be 11.25 million a season which is tops for running back but still less than the top QB's (as it should be). Johnson gets his 30 million guaranteed with his chance to still earn another 15 million if he lives up to expectations of his contract, and the Titans get their franchise player locked up through his prime.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:09 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

This is just a little contract posturing,  CJ will ask the Titans for the stars in hopes of settling for the world.  I have to aggree that a elite QB is more valuable than an elite RB,  but that is exactly why the Titans had better make something happen here.  I am from Washington state and with Hasselbeck and an unproven Jake Locker,  the Titans clearly don't have an elite QB.  So they had better have a stud Chris Johnson in the backfield or its curtains for this season.


Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:59 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Two really good examples of why NOT to pay CJ or ANY RB this kind of money.

1.) New England Patriots.  Have enjoyed having star QB for past decade+.  Have provided said QB strong offensive line.  That combo has resulted in a lot of W's and even a few SBs.  Most seasons even with mediocre WRs and RBs.

2.) Given #1 as a 'template' for lack of better words.  It's no wonder that the Packers, who  already had star QB in place drafted as follows in April. 
1st Rd: O-lineman - 2nd Rd: WR - 3rd Rd: RB     &nb

From these examples it is clear that an offense's priorities should typically be QB, O-Line, WR, RB in that order.  If a team is set/stacked at say WR, then obviously getting an RB moves up in priority.  Suffice to say the Titans are not stacked enough at QB, O-line, and WR to justify paying a record salary to an RB.  I don't care who the RB is.  Like someone else just said.  Let him sit out.  Then if it's a huge priority, draft an RB early next year, and upgrade O-lineman, etc (or at least lock up the good ones you have) during the off-season with the pile of $ you've saved by not paying CJ.    

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:48 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Johnson is certainly worth more than $800,000 this year, but he got a raise last year with a bonus.  Running backs are becoming more and more expendable in the NFL.  The Titans should sign Tiki, then see what Johnson has to say.  I wouldn't take Johnson above the 3 round in fantasy football this year.  Shawn Alexander and Larry Johnson, they got their big payday and disappeared on the field. 

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:46 pm

Chris Johnson = punk

Boo hoo Chris.  Don't sign the contract if you don't like the terms.  Johnson had an above average year last year, but not spectacular, 1600 yds from scrimmage and 12 TD's.  He's really only had one great year, 2009.  

He should get what's he's due to make, then renegotiate. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:42 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

gbfann155, Well said and I have to agree completely.  Too much money for just one skill position.

Winning a championship is a complete team accomplishment.  There is no one position that can get a team there even if you have the best player at that position of all time.  I think Quarterback is the most important but teams can win the Super Bowl with an average quarterback ala the Ravens and Buccaneers.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:38 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

They need Clinton Portis and Tiki Barber and they will be just fine.....

I do think they needed to renegotiat his deal or at least sign an extension, but him holding out is just dumb. See here is the thing, If they say come to work and we can talk, then you come to work. And if they don't talk, or don't say the right thing, you can always go back home, but if just stay home, then you deserve nothing.

This could have been a very tidy happy thing if he mad his point for a day or two, then agreed to come to work and practice, but maybe not participate in full contact or something, and then let the suits work it out. He isn't one of the top 5 players in the league, He isn't a QB, and he plays a position that is much easier to replace than one. Of course they wouldn't have somone as good as him probably, but they would have a lot of money left to try with and maybe pay that QB they now do need.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:32 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

I'm a Titans fan, but let's be realistic.....they're going to finish at the bottom of the AFC South this year.  So if Chris Johnson wants to turn his nose up at "Highest Paid RB" money, then I say let him go and we'll get a top level RB in the draft next year.  If CJ wanted to make QB money, then he should have played QB instead of RB.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:25 pm

Trade Time

johnson isn't worth anwhere near that type of cash.  Trade him now for some draft picks to some team desperate for a RB.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:23 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon


The point you make actually helps make the point that CJ is not worth THAT much $$.  I don't think many would argue with you about Chris Johnson being a top one or two RB in the game today.  (best ever at breaking a long run, you'd probably get some arguement there).   Regardless of CJ's abilities, he (as with most any RB) has not and most likely will not be sufficient to transform the Titans to the SB contender they were several years ago.  These days, the RB simply isn't that important of a catalyst to TEAM success.   We can name plenty of stud backs from recent years that played on losing teams or teams that could just never get over that hump and win playoff games.  Even Adrian Peterson fits that description.

If CJ stands firm on his demands, the Titans would be better served parting ways with him and investing that $30M to improve SEVERAL positions on their roster....  They have plenty of spots that need an upgrade!  Overpaying CJ won't help them overcome the competition in their division, nevermind beyond that. 

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