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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

You are so wrong about good businessmen honoring contracts.  if they didn't honor contracts, they wouldn't be good businessmen.  A real honest person would sign a contract and live up to it, and then he can get all the money he wants.  No one twisted his arm or held a gun to his head and made him sign that contract.  He is just another spoiled pro athlete.  That's why I don't hardly pay any attention to pro sports any more.  They are all alike.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Sounds like he had some interest, and was torn about which way to go. I wish Barry Sanders would have played 3 more seasons and crushed the rushing record retiring with 19,000+ yards. It was a damn shame to see him go in his prime (as Jim Brown did). Sanders deserved to be the #1 all-time RB. Smith would not have even tried to break it if 19K was the standard.



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

You can't even begin to compare Jamarcus Russel to Chris Johnson. Russel got paid a mint before he even played a down of football. CJ has shown over the past three years that he is an elite RB and deserves to be paid as such.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Running backs have short careers and the Titans should pay him for the past, present, and future.

They already paid him for the past according to the contract that was signed years ago when he was drafted.  Oh wait, you want them to basically reward him with up front money for the great stats he put up?  What about the players that make big money that suck after they sign a contract?  Do they give back the 10 and 15 and 20 and even 35 million dollars ( Jamarcus Russell) in guaranteed money they got paid?   You player supporters wanna have it both ways.  You want good players that weren't paid as much as others to be rewarded with early extensions but bad players that picked up huge signing bonuses, roster bonuses and crazy salaries to keep their money.  Can't have it both ways. 

The day a player that underperforms has to pay back millions to his owner is the day you might find me feeling sorry for a 2nd round pick that makes a lot less then some others do.  Until then, too bad so sad and get lost.  
When that happens they just cut the player and are no longer on the hook for the rest of the contract.  CJ is not asking them to pay him the rest of the contract, he is in fact pretty much saying he has no interest in this contract and they don't have to pay him the rest.  Because he wants more.

Also I thought you were on this guy's side for being underpaid.  I know there was one player, was it Forte?  I remember you posting you usually side with owners but you were in agreement with whichever player it was. 

In the real, business world, a contract is null and void when there is significant overperformance or price saving for one party vs the other.  It is considered "unjust enrichment" and either the contract is ignored or an efficient breach is encouraged.  I've negotiated and enforced hundreds of contracts for various businesses and amounts ranging from small $50k contracts to hundreds of millions of dollars in play.  This is how the real world works.

You can bitch and whine as much as you want about "honoring" a contract, but good businessmen and financially savvy people simply do not do so.  The law is specifically designed to encourage efficient breaches, such as here.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Once he had enough money to retire for life he did exactly that.  He wouldn't have played for anybody else for 100 million dollars... he had no interest at all.
Barry was one of the greatest players and one of the greatest men whoever stepped onto the playing field. He should have crushed the rushing record.

But why did he fax his retiremement to a newspaper and not go to the team and do it in person?

"I waited the day before the training camp to announce my retirement because the days before my announcement of my departure, I did not know if I wanted to continue, if I still wanted to play football." were the first comments of Sanders concerning his retirement.

Sounds



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Running backs have short careers and the Titans should pay him for the past, present, and future.

They already paid him for the past according to the contract that was signed years ago when he was drafted.  Oh wait, you want them to basically reward him with up front money for the great stats he put up?  What about the players that make big money that suck after they sign a contract?  Do they give back the 10 and 15 and 20 and even 35 million dollars ( Jamarcus Russell) in guaranteed money they got paid?   You player supporters wanna have it both ways.  You want good players that weren't paid as much as others to be rewarded with early extensions but bad players that picked up huge signing bonuses, roster bonuses and crazy salaries to keep their money.  Can't have it both ways. 

The day a player that underperforms has to pay back millions to his owner is the day you might find me feeling sorry for a 2nd round pick that makes a lot less then some others do.  Until then, too bad so sad and get lost.   



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

I'm a major bonehead. I was quoting salary figures for Osi Umenyiora, who has banked $34 million and wants to renegotiate with 2 years left on a front-loaded deal. I'll chow down some Cap'n Crunch and try to do better next time.

I would extend Johnson's contract another 4 years and offer him a $15 million signing bonus immediately for a $30 million extension (no guarantees after signing bonus). I would not touch the remaining 2 years of the current deal. This way, the Titans get him for 6 years and Johnson gets paid some big coin now, just in case his career ends early. He'll also get 4 years at $7.5 million average after his current contract is over. If he goes in the tank, he always has the $12 million he earned on the forst deal, and the $15 million bonus for the contract extension. That's $27 million over his young career even if he doesn't play more than 2 years with the Titans, and $42 million overall if he plays another 6 years. It's likely he would not play all 4 years of the extension at that salary, though.



Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

He wants to play for the Patriots like every other player in the NFL. DUH!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Babyfarmer, thank you for beating me to it. Lots of ill-informed people on this site.

Pay the man or trade him if you can't afford him.

Or keep him and force him to honor the contract he signed which is what the Titans are doing so far and what they should do long term. Nothing else matters but that signed deal.... end of story.  You are 100 percent wrong. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Barry Sanders chose to walk away from the game rather than play for the Lions anymore, and he walked away from his contract and all remaining money. Johnson is rich enough that he could do so, too, but we all know he will not.

Barry Sanders retiring had NOTHING to do with playing for the Lions.  You obviously have no idea what you're talking about and don't know the whole story or even a good part of it for that matter.  People assumed that was the case but when the Lions offered to do anything Barry says over the offseason he politely turned them down.  He said he didn't want to be traded anywhere and didn't want to play for anybody anymore.  He said that while he's still healthy he wanted to spend all of his time with his family and take care of his church as well.  There are only 2 things in this world Barry Sanders played for, his family and his church. Once he had enough money to retire for life he did exactly that.  He wouldn't have played for anybody else for 100 million dollars... he had no interest at all.  As for the Lions Barry Sanders didn't only like playing for the Lions, he LOVED his teammates and loved the fans as well.

 


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