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Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

Posted on: June 24, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:04 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Chris Johnson is the most important player on the Titans roster and it's not even close. (Kenny Britt is probably No. 2 but it's only a matter of time before he's arrested again and/or has his Facebook page hacked.) In 2009, Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Last summer, he declared that "I'm shooting for 2,500 (rushing yards), but I'll be happy with anything over the record (of 2,105 set by Eric Dickerson in 1984)." He ended the 2010 season with 1,364 yards and Tennessee won six games.

Now, with light at the end of the lockout tunnel and the real possibility of training camps starting on time, Johnson could be a no-show, instead choosing to park himself on his couch until he has a new contract. PFT's Michael David Smith says Johnson could be this year's Darrelle Revis, who held out during Jets training camp last summer. (As you may remember, it was one of the many story lines from Hard Knocks.)

Johnson's set to make $800,000 in 2011 but he's looking for a deal that pays him like one of the NFL's top backs. Seems reasonable given his productivity, age (25), and importance to Tennessee's offense (particularly given the likelihood that rookie Jake Locker could see the field).

Details via's Jason La Canfora:

"The idea of another 'band-aid' deal, after three highly productive seasons, isn't appealing to Johnson, and a contract in the range of the $5 million per season extension that Jamaal Charles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last season isn't what he's thinking, either, La Canfora writes. "Johnson has talked in the past about wanting to join the ranks of those garnering $30 million in guaranteed money, and if the free-agent cash begins flying around in a furious manner post-lockout, don't expect his desire to wane."

Well, it's a starting point. Recent negotiations between owners and players to craft a new CBA have proven that no one gets exactly what they want. Ultimately, it's about compromise. The Titans won't give Johnson a blank check, and it sounds like he's not playing for $800,000. We're guessing they'll meet somewhere in the middle.

After all the gnashing of teeth about Revis missing the 2010 season, he and the Jets found common ground days before the regular season and he ended up with some $30 million in guarantees. Of course, cornerbacks are among the best-paid players in the game. Johnson might have to set his sights lower. Then again, maybe the Titans can be persuaded to sweeten the pot if Johnson promises not to hold out again in two years.

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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 3:06 pm

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

Why not fulfill his obligation to the team, and then at the end of the season, he can ask for the type of money he wants. Look at what happened to rivas when he held out.... Half the year was wasted because of the greedy bastard.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 1:29 pm

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

This is a hard one for me to make a decision one way or the other. You take CJ performance over the last three years and yes he should get more than the $800,000 a year he is now getting. His record over this period of time has been impressive. Last year was probably more impressive with 1300 plus yards than the previous year with 2000 plus yards, because 1. he didn't have a QB, he had a so so WR and his O line was suspect, and he still had a better season than most RB's in the league. I think he was in the top 4.

Now saying that. What if the Titans give him a big contract extinsion? Is he going to give them their moneys worth, is he going to get injured? This will be his 4th year and a lot of RB's start getting injuries about this time. It is hard to take sides. Past record, he desderves an increase. How much is another story. No one knows what the future brings. I always thought that the fairest for both sides is to have a base salary with performance incentives built in. That way both sides get a fair shake.

But we have learnd in all walks of life, when it comes to money there is no such thing as being fair to both sides. Someone is always going to think they got HOSED.

Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: June 26, 2011 7:54 am

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

What happened to earning it. He's wanting a new contract after only 2 years and his 2nd year he rushed for around 700 yards less than his 1st year.If the man is not happy with $800,000 then I'm sure he's intelligent enough to get a job as a CEO with a company and there he could probably make a million+ a year. Oops my bad,he"s another whining athlete who if not for football would probably be in jail. Take what you have and Shut Up!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:08 pm

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

Here is a newsflash for all those calling CJ overrated.... You CANT be overrated and run for 2000 yds in the NFL.... That is not an easy task.... Its a joke to say that he is overrated....
And the Peterson shots are just as stupid.... Both are incredible players and 2 of the best in the game today...

As for his contract situation, yes he signed the deal but in a league that cuts players under contract all the time if the Team feels they aren't performing up to the contract, what do you expect players to do when they feel they are underpaid..... $800K is a great deal of money but for the one of the NFL's top players its not...If he ran for 800 yds every year this same contract would be voided and they would cut him so pay the man.... This isn't the normal 9-5 desk job so quit comparing it to your own salaries... Actors make big money, singers make big money and so do pro athletes... Its a billion dollar industry so the top players should be paid accordingly...

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:20 pm

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

I think it's pretty stupid that a team can cut a player whenever they want, but the player can't just leave the team.  This is also why I think the rookie cap is so dumb, essentially the owners are arguing that they want downside protection on their bad picks, but should also keep any gains if the player outperforms their contract. 

Why can't we get performance contracts?  I know there are problems with that too, but I think the CJ2K situation is even worse and if in 2 years everyone is in that position it'd be pretty stupid.  Why wouldn't you hold out? 

I guess in the end it really doesn't matter much.  We'll watch and hopefully be entertained.  Right now I'm not overly interested in the NFL but probably that changes by week 4 or so at the latest. 

Also on Revis, a lot of that is the big clown Rex Ryan's babbling about how great he is.  I don't think Revis is even really that good.  Jets fans act like he is the best CB in history, but imo Sanders was clearly much better, and Champ Bailey in his prime was at least comparable.  If Revis is so good how come last season I saw him get thrown on, and usually he wasn't even covering the other team's best receiver?  They usually made Cromartie cover the other team's #1.  The Jets also seem to always get cut up by Peyton Manning even with Revis.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:37 pm

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

you feel sorry for him for making 800,000$. why feel sorry for him. hes making 6 figures. fuck him.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 5:40 pm

Chris Johnson is going to want a new contract

The Titans do not have to pay him a dime over his contract, he has 1 year left on that deal and he needs to play it out and then he can get the money he deserves.  RB's are a dime a dozen in the NFL now. He will get no where close to what he feels he is worth. I feel real sorry for him if he feels he can not play for a mere 800,000 this year.

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