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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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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

The, " running backs are a dime a dozen" argument is exactly why I'm with CJ on this one. He needs to get paid while he's in his prime because a handful of years from now he'll be begging people for a contract. You see how little pull he has even now and he's arguably the best RB in the league. Imagine four years from now. You've gotta look out for you and your family; especially when you're a RB and longevity is the exception instead of the rule.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Many of your arguments don't carry weight. Players are not "Stuck" with anyone. They cut players all of the time...players STILL under contract. The Payton and Brady are good examples...as they are both ALREADY two of the top five paid at their positions (even if they took the cuts they discussed taking). How much more team first could Chris be? He accounts for more than 75% of their total offense. The mere fact that he could care less about his free agency should show that he has every intention on staying with Titans.

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.   




Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Many of your arguments don't carry weight. Players are not "Stuck" with anyone. They cut players all of the time...players STILL under contract. The Payton and Brady are good examples...as they are both ALREADY two of the top five paid at their positions (even if they took the cuts they discussed taking). How much more team first could Chris be? He accounts for more than 75% of their total offense. The mere fact that he could care less about his free agency should show that he has every intention on staying with Titans.

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.   




Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

You guys are bananas to expect him to "play for less." He's not a diva or loser or a crybaby...he's the #1 option his team and is one of the lowest paid. They strung him along last year to see if he was going to be as good as previous years and he outperformed again. Look at he folks that have torn muscles so far this preseason. Yes, he's under contract. But that argument is bull because I can count at least 10 players that were expecting to "honor their contracts" and were all released immediately after the lockout. So, if owners don't have to "honor the contract" how is a player wanted to get a better (and deserved) deal done any different?   


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:49 am
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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:49 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Statistically speaking, when a player holds out of camp their chances of getting hurt almost triple. For a running back or wide reciever, history has proven these statistics to be even higher.

Chris Johson will get his dough, andsomewhere along the way this season, he will suffer a season ending injury. It usually plays out that way and Murphy's Law will again hold true.

 





Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:30 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Jerkoffs like Kris Johnson are one of the biggest problems in the NFL today! Nobody made him sign the contract that he signed. Be a man and honor your contract and the obligations that accompany it. Star player holdouts are never good for team chemistry. Holdouts put themselves above the team. It's selfish and classless! Owners are already getting shafted by paying out big dollars for underperformers, why should they have to pay a player more because he signed a bad contract? Maybe if he showed some committment to his team, they would consider renegotiating his contract. Learn from guys like Peyton and Brady, be a team first guy, perform well, then get paid. Kris Johnson hasn't lead his team anywhere! What's the point in even having contracts if they're not going to be honored? The average fan can't afford to see a game in person as it is because of all these overblown contracts with guys that claim they can't feed their family with the ridiculous money they're earning.It's a sad day when pro athletes make so much more money than the people in our society that actually make a profound difference in the world like doctors, policemen, firefighters, teachers, etc. Get over yourself and consider yourself lucky to be earning a very wealthy living by playing a game for christ's sake!



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 11:27 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Hold out till you get paid!!!  Kickers are making more than him, I wouldn't work for someone who doesn't want to reward.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:51 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

he signed the deal, nobody put a gun to his head.
It's definitely in Johnson's best interests to show up and get some reps in, regardless of the contract situation. Be a team player first, and have your agent fight the business battle while you play football. The team will value you more if you are a team player.

Even if a new deal doesn't get done, aside from injuries, you control your own destiny. If you have another excellent seasaon, the Titans will most definitely work on an extension before the last year of your contract. You will get that huge payday you want. Don't expect to get paid for what you did in the past.

Until there are as many players who outperform their contracts (like you have so far), as there are who don;t earn their contracts, players will be expected to honor their deals. You are balancing out the Albert Haynesworths and Jamarcus Russells of the league. Sucks for you, but this balance is necessary as long as busts get to keep their dough when they severely underperform.

Next time, have more performance incentives in your deal so if you blow away expectations you get paid.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:28 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

johnson needs to understand that RB's are a dime a dozen in the NFL right now, he is not worth what he is asking. 

NFL football has changed and in many ways running backs aren't as important as they used to be.  Did the Patriots or Colts or Saints win Superbowls recently because they had a great running game? In some cases these teams didn't have a running game at all.   Did the Packers get to the Superbowl and win it all because of a running game?  I don't think so.   All of the above teams won primarily because they have franchise qb's that led the way and played good D when they needed to.  They used the threat of the pass to open up the running game and make anybody look good at times with huge holes to run through.

CJ is an excellent running back, don't get me wrong.  But the Titans are rebuilding and don't need to pay a veteran that might only have a couple more good seasons left big dollars.  They won 14 games in 2 years with their best season in the last 2 being .500 football with CJ playing great.  What does that tell you?  

What it should tell you is if there are teams out there willing to trade a lot to acquire CJ ( and i'm sure there are) they should trade him to the highest bidder.  But not while he's holding out.  For principle alone I would let him rot if he's holding out and would only trade him if he shows up in shape with a good attitude and plays football.  What's right is right..... he signed the deal, nobody put a gun to his head.


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