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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: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:17 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Let me get this straight:

  1. He held out a year ago.
  2. The Titans foolishly gave in to his extortion.
  3. Now he's pulling the same crap again.

They're right to not give in. If they do give in, what will he hold them up for NEXT year? Not to mention that every Titans player will learn that any time they don't like the contract that THEY signed, all they have to do is hold out, and they'll get paid whatever they want.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:56 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

I think they made a mistake last year giving him extra money. Tennessee should take a page from the Eagles. Don't negotiate with players unless they are in camp and helping the team. If he wants to sit out a year then let him. And offer him even less next year. Chris Johnson isn't helping the Titans at all while sitting at home. Obviously his top priority isn't playing football.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:53 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

You say CJ is wrong big time, and a me first. I am a Titans/oiler fan since I was a Kid. CJ is right to get the money NOW. How many running backs go 2000 in a season. Redo the deal, trade him, but do not leave him hanging when he is the only player they have had show up and more than live up to his billing. This is NOT a selfish player. Best game change Running back since Barry Sanders PERIOD. BEST HOME RUN HITTER EVER. YES EVER. kid can take it to the house on every carry. Pay him and say thank you.

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:36 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

this smells of Rosenhaus.....who is his agent ?

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:32 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

If the dude ever does sign, he'll probably blow out his knee and get a year off anyhow. History has shown the odds are in favor of him getting injured with no practice/training camp.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:29 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

**** CJ & his agent.
Who the **** does this guy think he is?

Every other owner in the NFL should be calling the Titans directly and telling them HELL NO do not do it.
If the Titans cave to CJ's demands it will cause a league wide problem financially.

There's no doubt CJ is an enigma as a running back, but league history shows that with a good offensive line, many rb's with far less talent can get the job done.
If I were the Titans, I'd trade this me-first **** to a team who has a young, decent starting rb they'd give me in return with some picks added in.

**** CJ, he's in the wrong BIGTIME!!!

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:26 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

With that said though, I would hope this is Chris Johnson coming into the negotiations purposefully high so that when a deal is made, it will be closer to what Williams is getting (even though williams is overpaid). That's kinda how a "seller" should approach a negotiation. However, if that's his set number and he doesn't move? He believes he is much more important than he is. Many teams over the last few years have been successful without dominant or even good running games and while a good to great running back is definitely valuable, that value is as low as it's ever been. If you want to show a team what you're really worth, show that the team's success (freeing money to sign better players) is more important than making the most money. 

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:11 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

If they agree to this I think it's a bad move. That is way to much money for a RB, even though he has been very underpaid so far. Johnson had a great year two years ago, and a good year last year. He may be the best RB n the league but it's not that outstandingly obvious that he deserves that much more than anyone else. I actually would personally rather have AP, at least while he's still healthy, than Johnson. He's worth a lot of money and they need him, I just dont think he is worth THAT much....and just so everyone knows, I'm not knocking him or saying he's overrated. That's just a TON of money for a guy that isn't outproducing his competition as much as that salary suggests.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:01 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

After looking at his stats he is not worth that much money! He had under 1400yds last season and 12 TDs. The year before 2006yds and 16TDs. Don't get me wrong those are good numbers but not 30 million guaranteed numbers. He just doesn't have the leadership qualities that make him that guy you give all that money too. The Titans should trade him and get draft picks to rebuild. Chris Johnson is not going to make this a playoff team. Signing him to this deal hurts the Titans. How do you move forward and trust he will show up game in and game out once the 30 million is guaranteed. You can't because of the holdout and that puts rebuilding your team in danger.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:01 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

He might be worth more if he wouldn't sit out the second half of playoff games..  Don't break the bank on him...  He's special, but sits out the second half when the Super Bowl is on the line

Are you talking about Chris Johnson or Jay Cutler?

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