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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Yes, he has in fact lost a year...



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Wait, I am confused so does Johnson lose a year then?



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Watch him get the big contract then pull a Larry Johnson, or Shawn Alexander.  I'm staying away from him in my fantasy draft. 


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