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Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:47 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 5:40 am
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JohnsonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With the new CBA rules stipulating that if holdouts don’t show up by August 9 they would lose a year of accrued free agency, that clause hasn’t stopped Titans RB Chris Johnson from not showing up for practice Tuesday.

Which means that Johnson loses his year. Which also means that it’s pretty clear Johnson doesn’t care about it -- unlike, say, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, who reported Monday so he wouldn’t lose the season.

But as ESPN.com points out, Johnson probably isn’t worried about his free agent status because, assuming Johnson gets the long-term deal that he wants, the year he’s losing won’t matter at all.

The problem with Johnson’s approach, though, is that the Titans have been pretty clear that they won’t negotiate with Johnson if he’s not in camp. Johnson is set to make a base salary of $800,000 this year and $2.21 million for 2012 (he did get a nice pay raise to convince him to report last season), but since he’s in the absolute prime of his career (for a RB, anyway), Johnson feels like this is the time he needs to get paid.

And he’s probably right about that, though whether it’s a good idea to give a RB the $30 million guaranteed contract Johnson said last year that he feels he deserves isn’t so clear cut. But Johnson is also correct in thinking that Tennessee will get a hell of a deal to pay him only $3 million for the final two years of his contract and that the Titans need to up the ante in order to make happy one of the best runners in the league.

And if the Titans thought they had any kind of leverage over Johnson in the accrued free agency deadline, it looks like that notion was incorrect.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Both NBA and MLB have those big signing bonuses and millions of up front dollars as well.  I don't believe they have franchise tags and other restrictions either, only the NFL does.  The NFLPA is the weakest out of all the sports and are fools.  I don't know why they agreed to the system in place here, if they were my clients I would have advised them not to come to terms until they had a better deal on the table.  Usually it's better to get no deal at all than to make a bad compromise.  After 2 missed preseason games the owners would have caved most likely, especially with the stock market cratering as it has recently.

Your post was good until that last paragraph where a few corrections need to be made.   For example in MLB there might not be franchise tags but players are stuck until they've completed 6 seasons in the major leagues.  The first 4 are basically at whatever their rookie deal was and then arbitration eligibility begins for 2 seasons.  And even after 6 seasons if a superstar leaves the team signing him has to give up draft picks, so movement is limited more then people think.  

Second of all the NFLPA may appear weak but that's only because they have to be.  Careers are shorter and players can't afford to miss much if any time at all.   Also the NFLPA can't do what you think they can do because their membership is struggling financially much more then other athletes in any other sport. A story came out a while back that up to 20 percent of NFL players were either hooked up or ready to proceed with high interest loans from private lenders and institutions...... how can a union hold their ground when their membership is already hurting for money before they even miss one paycheck?????

And no, the owners wouldn't have caved after 2 preseason games. They wouldn't have caved after 8 regular season games.  You're forgetting something very important.  NFL owners are BY FAR the richest of all sports owners out there.  Thirteen of them are billionaires and in americas top 400 earners.  The rest of the owners are worth hundreds of millions.  All of this outside of the NFL.  The NFL could die tomorrow and these owners won't miss a beat.  They are as rich as they've ever been and as rich as any owners in the history of sports have been.

There was no winning possible for the NFLPA... not now and not ever. 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Any of you player supporters ever wonder why the NFLPA has NEVER even asked or put on the table let alone demand that all NFL contracts be guaranteed like they are in MLB and the NBA?  They don't ask because 99 percent of NFL players LOVE how things are in today's NFL. They are legally allowed to rape an owner for millions of up front dollars in signing bonuses and roster bonuses, can end up in jail and still keep their money.  Do you think the rules wouldn't change in favour of the owner if the money was guaranteed?  Do you think if the money was guaranteed an owner would ever redo a deal early?

No way....
Contracts are guaranteed in MLB and NBA and the owners hate it.  The NFL system is by far the most owner-friendly.  The NBA owners will probably push for a system similar to the NFL on their lockout, but I doubt they'll get it.  NBA players have more leverage than NFL probably since basketball is popular around the world and the superstars drive ratings, whereas NFL is only popular in the US and is more team driven. 

Baseball is closer to the NFL actually.  They have an arbitration system set up for salary increases early on in a player's career.  Baseball doesn't have a true salary cap but it seems to be doing okay still anyway. 

Both NBA and MLB have those big signing bonuses and millions of up front dollars as well.  I don't believe they have franchise tags and other restrictions either, only the NFL does.  The NFLPA is the weakest out of all the sports and are fools.  I don't know why they agreed to the system in place here, if they were my clients I would have advised them not to come to terms until they had a better deal on the table.  Usually it's better to get no deal at all than to make a bad compromise.  After 2 missed preseason games the owners would have caved most likely, especially with the stock market cratering as it has recently.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Many of your arguments don't carry weight. Players  Owners are not "Stuck" with anyone. They cut players all of the time...players STILL under contract.

Based on your argument I'm going to assume you meant owners aren't stuck with anyone.   You say they cut players that are STILL under contract.   By putting the word "still" in caps you are implying the owners are breaking an agreement when in fact they are not.  In the CBA it specifically states a team can cut any player they choose to cut providing there is no guaranteed money left in his deal.  If there is guaranteed money left in the deal the owner must honor whatever money is owing.  The CBA does not allow for a player to demand anything halfway through his deal and obligates the player to complete the entire agreement regardless of how much money is left in the deal.  Idiot fans that suppor the players don't understand what's going on.  THAT'S THE CBA THE PLAYERS AGREED TO ..... what part of that don't you people understand?????????   

Any of you player supporters ever wonder why the NFLPA has NEVER even asked or put on the table let alone demand that all NFL contracts be guaranteed like they are in MLB and the NBA?  They don't ask because 99 percent of NFL players LOVE how things are in today's NFL. They are legally allowed to rape an owner for millions of up front dollars in signing bonuses and roster bonuses, can end up in jail and still keep their money.  Do you think the rules wouldn't change in favour of the owner if the money was guaranteed?  Do you think if the money was guaranteed an owner would ever redo a deal early?

No way....



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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Now, to the rediculous money comment. As a military member, I know all about being paid less money for what I do, but in this case it's about peer production and fair equity (for the career field). Yes, by my standards they are making rediculous amounts of money, but compared to his peers vs his production (not to mention the millions he brings in for the billionare owners), he deserves more money. 
 
Yep, it's all relative.  But even in the military, it would be retarded for a recruit to expect to be paid the same as a General.  It would also likewise be stupid if the military told that general he wasn't worth as much as the recruit and refused to give him a pay raise after getting promoted up the ranks.

I thank you for your service.  I am personally considering the military myself, but my window is closing in terms of age.  I make a 6 figure salary a year so it would be a deep paycut, so I haven't figured out what I'm going to do about that yet.  What you're doing is a very difficult thing to do and a huge sacrifice.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

So he's the Bitch but you called him a " cry-baby, phooey ", what are you 12, you sound like the bitch on this one buddy. Anyways hes the BEST BACK IN THE LEAGUE AND 25 YEARS OLD. Pay this man



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