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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: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:52 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.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:47 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Most of these holdouts are guys on their rookies contracts playing for far less than they deserve.  D. Jackson especially is getting penalized for being unevalued and underdrafted in the 2nd round, once that happens he has no choice but to sign for 2nd round money because that is where he is slotted.  There is no way for these players to get out of these bad contracts (that they had to sign) so holding out is their frustated way of trying to do something.  As for Johnson he is one of the most outstanding and electric players in the NFL and the face of the Titans, I don't blame him one bit for wanting to get paid like it.  Management should want to reward their high achievers, plus other players see when a player like Johnson is underpaid and it can't help the Titans lockerroom and morale.

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:42 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

@objectiveobsvr: You are seriously misinformed talking about Chris Johnson's contract. Front loaded and banking $30 million? Are you high? Johnson is still signed to the 5 year, $12 million dollar contract he signed before his rookie season. $7 million was guaranteed. Don't open your mouth if you don't have any idea what the hell you're talking about.

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:40 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

dont fucking budge CJ, your owner and brass probably never played the game obviously, i dont see why they cant open up the fat fucking eyeballs and realize YOU ARE THE TEAM and no one really cares about the rest of it...

Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:28 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Hey objectivo, what about the year he did run for 2,000 yards and they only paid him $800,000. Running backs have short careers and the Titans should pay him for the past, present, and future.


Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:18 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

To the Titans you better deal with him because there are a lot of teams who will.
Well, even if he holds out, the Titans own at least the next 2 years of his football career. The Titans will lose his services, but he will lose his ability to play in the NFL if he holds out for a season or even both remaining years on his contract. 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.

He wants to be paid like he WILL get 2,000 yards again, but the truth is he only MIGHT have some more great years left in him. Why pay for potential, when injuries and a drop in ability are always threatening a team's success. At the very most, just to get him into camp, offer him, say, a $5 million bonus for a 2,000 yard rushing season each of the next 2 years, above his existing deal. If he is the real goods, he'll earn it and be happy. If he doesn't produce, he will merely be paid a fair wage for his actual performance across his contract.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:10 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Why any fan is feeling for a guy who already banked $34 million on a front-loaded contract is beyond me. Fans should be tearing him a new one for abusing the team's generosity and threatening the success of the entire team because a $36 million deal wasn't good enough. He should have signed a shorter deal if he wanted a new deal sooner. But no, he wanted the huge bonus and early money. He long ago cashed the checks for the last 2 years of his deal. I believe it was a $15 million signing bonus before year one even started. Count that towards this season's salary and he is very well paid.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:10 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Who cares!  Go sell your gold teeth if you want more money.  This guy is a chump, always has been...

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:09 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Damn to bad the real world can't do this and get the pay day we all deserve. The rich keep getting rich while we all foot the bill. The powers that be have really put this out of control. They want to buy championships so the NFL had to put a salary cap in place to make the teams competative with each other. So teams, players, and agents started this trend of pay the best player on the team these ungodly salaries. So I say to all teams going through this you did it to yourselves. Pay the guy and lets get on to football. To the Titans you better deal with him because there are a lot of teams who will.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:01 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

You signed the contract...You honor it. If you had a season ending injury Johnson wouldn't hand back the guarnteed money he received. As for all of the responsis that a football career is short and they need to be paid.  The player new that going in.  That is also why they are given a free ride in college to earn their degree so there is life after football. Sorry get your sour a** back on the field and honor the contract you signed.

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