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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 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: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:17 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. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:07 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Second, Wings is sure right about owners who pay megabucks to jackasses like Haynesworth and sorry Jamarcus Russell and they NEVER GET A DIME BACK WHEN THE PLAYER BUSTS !!! Why does it have to be a one-way street for the players ?? Whether they perform or not, they keep their millions. That's just wrong. Impractical yes, but wrong !

Thank you. FINALLY somebody responds to a very important part of every post i've made regarding holdouts.  If I wanted to do the research, go roster by roster and cross reference with who gives us all the information we need about contracts and salaries most of the time I could probably list 100 players in today's NFL alone that haven't earned their keep.  Anybody reading this think 100 is too many for me to list? Probably not because that's barely 3 players per roster.  I find it obnoxious that people on these boards believe that it's ok for players that don't perform after getting big money to keep their money but when a player "outperforms" they get to sit out and demand an early extension.  The day the owners start getting rebates on players that underperformed is the day I will be all for a guy like Chris Johnson getting an early extension.  

Vince Young.  Career 75 passer rating and a complete head case.  They paid out 30 million dollars of his contract before they cut him. Why? Because he was GUARANTEED OVER 25 MILLION DOLLARS, that's why.   Did he really earn 30 million dollars?  When does the owners get some of that money back?  And I'll ask the questions again.  When does Stallworth have to pay back the 4 million dollar roster bonus he received before he got suspended for the next season?  When does Haynesworth have to pay back the Skins the 20 million dollar roster bonus they paid him before he came to camp out of shape last season and demanded to be traded?  Bankruptcy or not, give Arthur Blank a call and find out how much of Vicks bonus money he got back when he went to jail.  Oakland paid Jamarcus Russell 35 million before they could cut him. The overweight pig couldn't throw  a spiral for f*** sucks.  The Lions burned for about 20 million on a wide receiver from MSU that ended up becoming a crackhead. When do they get some money back?  If Stafford gets hurt again this season, who gives the Fords 30 million dollars he's guaranteed to collect? Ask Dallas if Roy Williams wrote them any checks for sucking as bad as he did for them. Ask the Bears if they got their moneys worth for Cedric Benson and the 20 million they paid him.  Yeah, he's done well in Cincinatti the last 2 years and they just gave him 3 million with a chance to make 5. Did they take a risk? Sure they did because he JUST GOT OUT OF JAIL this summer !!!!!

So people can't have it both ways.  You can't ask the owners to eat bad contracts but still provide early extensions for all good players. It doesn't make any sense. 

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:04 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

lol somebody deserves to make more than $800,000 for half a year? over 1 million people would do it for alot less and of that many im sure you would find even a better player. he signed a contract to play his best for the money offered. just because espn brags you up gives you the right to break that contract? i bet if he sucked he would still want the full $800,000. these contracts are way out of hand. a family cant go to a game any more because guys like this deserve more than $800,000. think about that number serious for a bit and you will agree

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 9:49 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Johnson Should of reported, he is under contract.  And when he reports The Titans need to redo his contract
Agreed. Report, then negotiate. Come to camp with the understanding that if a new deal is not made by Week 1, you will not play.

How many RBs go on to have great seasons when they miss the preseason? The Oline and QB need reps with its star RB. If they miss weeks of practice together, will it not possibly lead to more fumbles, awkward handoffs, and other negative things that can only be perfected with lots of reps in practice?

When he gets to camp, give the man a 3-year contract extension with a nice signing bonus (say $10 mil). He gets paid now, and the team locks him up for a few more years beyond his original contract, at maybe $7 mil per year (not counting the $10 mil bonus up front). Will he be a top back for 5 more years? Who knows? If his performance declines in a couple years, the team can trade him, and the player has already achieved financial securoty for life. Isn't that what players want first and foremost?

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 9:47 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Why waste the time giving in to a mal-content when he sits out the second half of a difficult Playoff game against the Ravens - when the Super Bowl is on the line..   He talks the talk... But sits down when he is really needed.. Give him a raise, but don't break the bank on him..

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 9:05 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Johnson Should of reported, he is under contract.  And when he reports The Titans need to redo his contract - he is the face of the team.  He is the team.  Yes I know he's under contract, bla, bla, bla.  but I'll repeat what others have said, RB's don't last long.  I'm sure the Titans have lessor players makeing more than Johnson - pay the man.  But you have to report to camp Chris.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2011 8:56 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

There's nothing wrong with having a draft early.  Fantasy football is random and injuries can happen at any time.  An early draft generally encourages more trading, as people have ample time to negotiate and then trade in advance before the games start.

If you are playing in a competitive league, the closer you draft to the season, the more uniform values and ADPs become.  You will have extreme difficulty in grabbing bargains.  Last year if you drafted a month before the season you could have gotten Arian Foster late in the draft, if you drafted a week before the season he was a 1st round pick.

I've drafted from every position and in pretty much every time frame.  Fantasy is still random but I find the earlier drafts generally give me a better percentage of placing.  The "skill" in fantasy is making the playoffs anyway, after the playoffs start it doesn't really matter much.  Last year I won championships with Josh Freeman, just randomly going off for 5 TDs.  Prior years I've lost to DAW blowing up.  I've beaten the Randy Moss-Tom Brady playoff teams back that year Moss had 23 TDs and Brady had his 50 TDs or whatever it was.  In fact I think anybody that had those two lost that year, even though they probably won all year up to that point.

Anybody that claims they win their league every single year is playing with scrubs or is lying.  If it were that easy, the fantasy "experts" would always win their leagues, but they don't.

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:26 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Who needs CJ.....Titans have Hasselbeck now!!!!  LOL.

Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:12 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

u r soooooo on the money with that comments

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:03 am

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Whoever was saying that owners never get their money back for bad contracts, can you tell me where you were the past five months?  What was the point of this NFL LOCKOUT!?  Does Rookie Wage scale come to mind at all?  The first round draft picks were getting outrageous deals/contracts without having played a down of football in the NFL.  It DID NOT make sense.  

However, we should agree that players should get paid when they are performing.  Tom Brady got drafted in the 7th round (might have been a round earlier, but nonetheless late).  I am certain his contract was next to nothing when he first took over with the patriots, and eventually he got paid.  His case being slightly different based on longevity for QBs.  They are more willing to negotiate a long term contract with a QB.  

With a running back, you can hope to get 4 good years out of a stud runningback.  Ladanian was elite for 7 years but has now started to fade.  Emmit smith was a freak of longevity.  Look though at how long larry johnson lasted or shaun alexander.  They were good for a couple years.  Those couple years meant ALOT though.  Their respective teams were competetive when they were dominant.  It only makes sense for the Titans to pay Chris Johnson now while he is producing.  There should not be a "wait and see" mentality any longer.  3 years has been plenty for them to see how good he is.

Why do people watch the titans outside of tennessee fans?  To see Chris Johnson rip off 50 yard run after 50 yard run.  He is an amazing athlete and deserves to make more money than he is!  He has been healthy for the most part thus far.  The Titans should be able to expect 4+ more years of productivity.  These contracts are written to be terminated early anyway. 

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