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Chris Johnson blinks

Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:09 pm
 
Chris Johnson is scheduled to meet with the Titans, according to several reports. This means only one thing: Johnson has given in.

Several weeks ago Johnson told one close friend in the NFL he was prepared to sit out for an extensive period of the season. That likely has changed. There's a good chance the two sides will likely work out a deal making Johnson the highest paid runner in football.

Johnson was in the right for his overall holdout stance but in the wrong with his position lately. The Titans held out an olive branch recently saying they'd begin negotiations in earnest if he showed up. Johnson refused. At that point, he made a mistake. He should have just gotten his butt in camp.

Larry Fitzgerald was also underpaid (not as much as Johnson I know). He came into camp, negotiated while there, and then left with the deal of a lifetime.

Johnson did blink but the good news, it seems, is that the two sides will talk. That's all that matters.
Category: NFL
Tags: Titans
 
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kato
Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:55 pm
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Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Chris Johnson blinks

As opposed to the liberal way, in which owners would take money from the great players who over perform and give it to the lazy players who don't feel they have to work hard.

No, that would be socialism. There is a difference, but I wouldn't expect someone who thinks romney, bachman, palin, or perry would be a good president to understand. Get back in your trailer.


kato
Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:12 am
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Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:01 am
 

Chris Johnson blinks

I think their is still a big difference. When a soldier signs up, he knows the system, knows the risk, and knows the reward. A football player does too, and it is a world where the better he performs, the more he gets paid. Too bad it doesn't work that way. I guess part of the issue is that the NFL is a multi-million dollar entertainment/sports industry, while the military is publicly funded. It might make millions in TV revenue as you suggest but it is also the number 1 cause of the USA's giant debt, economic situation and pending meltdown.

As for athletes being spoiled babies, I think you're coming off a bit hard to make your point. If you thought so lowly of them, you likely wouldn't have an account on a sports page. Don't watch. I look at guys like Mohammad Ali. He was brave enough to tell the US he didn't want to go fight an ill-advised war. It cost him years of his career and millions of dollars.

Pat Tillman was a hero. He left an NFL career to fight for his country. His reward: death, a coverup job, lies to his family, and years until the truth was revealed. This should just show the futility and unfairness of the US military and its procedures. Of course, it has nothing to do with sports and shouldn't get lip service on this forum.




kato
Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:44 am
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Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Chris Johnson blinks

Apparently in the sports players do now have have any personal ethics or honor. When a contract is signed the player is gambling that he will be well paid and the team that they are going to get more than they paid for. How many teams have seriously gotten stiffed performance wise with contracts the teams can not holdout. In the NORMAL REAL WORLD someone who pulled not honoring a contract would be sued for breach, why is this allowed and acceptd int he sports world?


You must be a republican you dbag.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Chris Johnson blinks

I don't understand how anyone can not be on his side in this.  I'm unfortunately a Bengals fan but just throwing that in to show I have no reason to like/dislike CJ or the Titans.  The Tennessee Titans, and every other NFL team for that matter, have the right to terminate a contract at any given time.  In a rare case like this, when a player consistently (as in year after year) performs at a level that the league averages show is worth about 15-20 times what he is being paid, he should be allowed to ask for a new deal.  I agree that there are a lot of whiny, over-paid athletes out there but CJ is simply asking to be paid what he's worth while his luck holds and he is healthy enough to keep performing on that level.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Chris Johnson blinks

Arian Foster has had one good season. Chris Johnson, on the other hand has a few more years under his belt, with one year of over 2,000 yards rushing. Trust me, Arian will want to renegotiate his contract after another good year as well.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Chris Johnson blinks

I have an opposite view.
Take a look at the CBA. The players union has AGREED to contacts where players have little leverage if they outperform, where owners can cut players who underperform (although most contracts are front loaded to the advantage of players). Irrelevant at this point wether it is fair or not, the NEW CBA lasts another 10 yrs.

Of course the NFL will and should use players up - it is a business after all.  Guaranteed contracts would ruin the NFL IMO.




Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Chris Johnson blinks

no one said mr. johnson was smart or any athlete for that matter, but they do a job like all who work. if you work and feel underappreciated than ask for a raise or quit. Sports is not about sports its about fitting a game into the allowed time (changing the rules to speed up games) or using tv timeouts for making more money. so as long as we pay to see games in person or buy hats and jerseys or even watch on tv we r adding to the hype. If u sign up for a job u know the risks and potential pay, so l personally dont feel for someone in the line of fire just because they signed up for it. l feel sorry for anyone dying or in pain but not just because their job is dangerous. life is dangerous period. also johnson is just listening to his AGENT and the agent has many other clients to pay their salary. In the end the agent wins, hes pushing salaries up with his clients holding out and thus his commission goes up. in the end most athletes waste their earning on things that they cant afford once they retire ;
for instance buying a 3 million dollar house and paying 70,000 a yr in taxes. even if house is paid off they cant pay the taxes. B 4 REAL.


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