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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: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 2:57 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

i used to say honor your contract, but i wasn't aware of the money generated by athletes in today's sportsworld. wow!!!!! now i understand. i don't blame the guy. if he has a down year in terms of stats the team penalizes him. he did his thing for 2 straight years to prove that he belongs with some of the best so commit to the guy. you have to take risks sometimes as an organization that is trying to succeed. he just wants what he thinks is fair. i understand both sides. i hope they come to an agreement because i like both parties.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 2:38 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Wrong, wrong, wrong.  Plyers get signed all of the time, and then released before the season starts, voiding their contracts.  Owners drop players several years into their contracts frequently, and the players don't get paid the final years they are "due".  IT IS OBVIOUSLY A 2 WAY STREET. 

The bottom line is that Johnson can play for the team if he wants, and the Titans can pay him more if they want.  It is that simple.  Since this is America, he still has a right to avoid going to work, just like if he worked for McDonalds, Merrill Lynch, GM, Apple or anyone else.  Those employers then can fire those people if they choose.  Just like the Titans can.  So can we get down to the real issue?

Johnson doesn't want towork this year for 3% of the signing bonus and first year of his new deal combined.  We all know he will get a deal worth 30 million or more guaranteed.  Why would he risk ruining his career working for 3% of that, when he doesn't have to.  If his leverage is enough he will get his deal.  If not, he won't.

No one is at fault.  It's business.  Both sides can do if they please.  If there is a meeting of the minds, then he will play.  If not, he can come in or stay out.

But the idea that he has some kind of moral ob;ligation to play for 3% of what he thinks he can get this year is ridiculous.  It's his body.  It's his risk. 

Now let me give an opinion.  He will get paid.  If he holds out, they have no chance (my opinioin) to finish 500.  If he does, they have at least a possibility of making the playoffs.  I think the Titans woiuld give in if he holds out.  I expect 5/60  or 6 / 60, with 30 - 35 guaranteed.  That team does not want to go into the season without him on te roster.  He has leverage.  They can afford him.  And they can lock him up.  I bet it will happen.  Were I his agent, I would tell him "Don't report.  You got them by the balls.  Be strong and they will give you the contract you want and think you deserve."




Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:34 am
 

I WOULDN'T REPORT EITHER; I DON'T BLAME CHRIS!

FOLKS! They are paying in $900,000 and he is easily one of the top 3 backs, if not the best, in the league as far as play making ability.

Telling him to report is just a bunch of B.S. they will feed him lies and pretend that they will work a deal, but they won't!!!

I'M WITH YOU CHRIS - LET'S SEE HOW THEY DO WITHOUT YOU. IN FACT, YOU'RE THE ONLY REASON FOR THEM TO SELL TICKETS THIS YEAR.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:19 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Yes, rugby players are real athletes. But that is irrelevant to a holdout in the NFL.  Yes, I too, am a college grad who doesn't get paid anywhere near what NFL players get. But that too, is irrelevant. Just b/c pro players can holdout doesn't make them "bums". Just b/c many people work hard for little pay, when compared to pro athletes, doesn't matter.  How many of us have TV and web programming devoted to us? How many "regular" guys are followed by ESPN, CBS, et al.? Essentially none. So quit whining.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:13 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

I've played Fantasy Football for 15 of the last 17 years, won 8 league titles in that time.

Fantasy Football Class 101

Rule #1. NEVER, EVER hold your draft before the third week of preseason games has been played, NEVER! Dumbest thing you could do, don't even consider it.


Some poor suckers do it every year and end up spending high picks on players that never even see the field during the regular season

Agreed Losttribe. I always wait until 3 preseason games are played before participating in any drafts. Particularly prize money leagues. Too many teams are destroyed by preseason injuries.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:03 am
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Just because I'm on the owners side in these things doesn't mean I didn't look at both sides before I made that decision.  There is a question I'll ask one more time because not even ONE person on the players side has answered this question, they ignore it all the time. 

Here is the question.  If a player that "outperforms" their contract has the right to sit out and ask for more money which almost always includes millions of dollars in a signing bonus, roster bonuses, etc   then why can't an owner ask for money back when he pays a player 10's of millions of dollars and they suck ( Jamarcus Russell) or they are out of wait ( Haynesworth) or they go to jail ( Vick and Stallworth) or they get hurt ( a ton of players) ... I can give you dozens of examples from over the years where an owner lost millions on a player that falls in those categories.  Yet the owners don't get any of that money back.  

The players have it both ways right now.  If they suck they keep the millions they've been paid.  If they do well they sit out and ask for more and for early extensions. Worse yet the CBA allows a player to sit out for about 11 games, force their way back into the dressing room for the final 5 games, get paid for those games and the year counts against their eligibility.  Why can't a team permanently suspend that player and why does that year count?

RedWings is right spot on ! For one thing, Chris Johnson is currently under contract ! I don't want to hear about, "It's not fair"! You are under contract mister ! Get your butt out there and play ! When your contract is up, THEN you negotiate for more money !

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 !

Same thing about years accrued. The player misses 11 games, comes running in the door for 5, and he gets credit for a year played ! Again, that's just WRONG people !

 I'll never understand why so many people defend the players, unless they know them personally and are hoping for a cut or something.




Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

ok that was outta left field are you crazy! rugby? real athletes? O! i get it ur joking very funny! u were joking right?



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Chris Johnson is a great runner and an excellent football player, but he would be better off reporting to camp and let his agent negotiate a new deal.  I always find contract holdouts embarrassing for both sides.  With all the upheaval from the end of last season, the Titans will be lucky to win four games.  Let CJ rest for a year while the team builds for 2012.



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Right on. Lets go to pay for performance so when these bums don't perform, they won't get paid. I also am sick of hearing "it's not fair" when I bust my ass everyday for a fraction of what these bums get. You should all do what i now do, I don't give these bums a dime. Watch Rugby football. its much more exciting and its palyed by real athletes, who play hard every second of the game. If youa re complaining you have no one to blame but yourself. Stop supporting these bums.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

you are missing my point completely. i am NOT saying that CJ should get an extension or that he should fullfill his current deal. you should just be able to SEE both parties points of view, whether or not you agree. these situations are the business side of the NFL & most fans dont want to be bothered with the business end. we just want to watch the game
 
Just because I'm on the owners side in these things doesn't mean I didn't look at both sides before I made that decision.  There is a question I'll ask one more time because not even ONE person on the players side has answered this question, they ignore it all the time. 

Here is the question.  If a player that "outperforms" their contract has the right to sit out and ask for more money which almost always includes millions of dollars in a signing bonus, roster bonuses, etc   then why can't an owner ask for money back when he pays a player 10's of millions of dollars and they suck ( Jamarcus Russell) or they are out of wait ( Haynesworth) or they go to jail ( Vick and Stallworth) or they get hurt ( a ton of players) ... I can give you dozens of examples from over the years where an owner lost millions on a player that falls in those categories.  Yet the owners don't get any of that money back.  

The players have it both ways right now.  If they suck they keep the millions they've been paid.  If they do well they sit out and ask for more and for early extensions. Worse yet the CBA allows a player to sit out for about 11 games, force their way back into the dressing room for the final 5 games, get paid for those games and the year counts against their eligibility.  Why can't a team permanently suspend that player and why does that year count?

 


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