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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 5:00 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Still love the idiots who stand by the "he has a contract he should report" insanity. When a team cuts a guy with 3 seasons left on a contract I don't hear the same outrage.
That's because it is written into the contract that the player can be cut by the team for various reasons, including performance, morals, etc. As long as the player is in the employ of the team, he gets paid exactly according to the terms of the contract. The teams are bound to honor the contract, and they do, including sometimes exercising options in the contract.

The players know it. The agents know it. In Johnson's case, the agent negotiated for a heavy front-loaded contract and a huge signing bonus to protect Johnson from possibly being cut later in the deal. He's already banked $34 million, so there's not much left at the back end - that's why his salary is so low the last 2 years of the deal. On average though, he is making outstanding bank.

If they paid him evey dollar of the contract as a signing bonus, he would be crying that he is working for free every year. Ultra lame.

There is no place in the contract that says the player has the option of holding out for a better deal before the current contract is up. In fact, there are penalties for not showing up per the terms of the contract. Many downsides to holding out.

First, you don't get paid if you don't show up for work. Second, you lose a year of eligibility. Third, you look like you are not a team player. Fourth, you hurt the team when you don't practice with them. Fifth, any extra dough you get above your current deal is dough your teammates cannot get. So the very best players get more at the expense of the guys below them. More players are pushed down near or at the league minimum so the top guys can get a bigger slice of the finite salary pie. When the stars don;t produce, they are not obligated to pay anything back, right Albert Haynesworth?

At some point there has to be a way for teams to get out of deals where they pay a player top money and he goes into the crapper at some point during the deal. Does any fan want their team dragged down by an underperforming anchor on the team when they could end the busts employment and use the money to bring in a solid replacement? I guess some fans just don't want their team to put the best players on the field and win championships.

Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:46 pm
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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:26 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

I don't blame the guy. I'm shocked he hasn't received a raise after his 2k season.

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:08 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Haha can you imagine how bad the Titans would be without Johnson?

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:51 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Josh, you are missing the bigger issue as to why it's no big deal to CJ if he loses a year towards free agency.  Unlike Jackson, he has TWO years left on his deal.  Not like he was going to be a free agent next year regardless.  And CJ is vastly underpaid, although $30 mil guaranteed is probably too much.  Find the middle ground.  Get the deal done.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:44 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Just a footnote to Losttribe1.  I started my fantasy football league in 1981.  This is our 31st year.  When we started there was no format to go by.  We developed it ourselves.  We had no internet, no cheat sheets, no USA today.  We had to work to get info.  I used to call the public relations department of most teams and say I was a reporter for a small newspaper and ask them for some scoop.  For the first couple of years they were very helpful.  Then fantasy football exploded and all the new guys like you (with only 17 years experience) made up your 'rules', got cheat sheets and everyone came to the draft with the same basic draft lists.  Look now at any publications draft lists.  Players are seldom rated more than 3-5 spots up or down on any of them.

We had a draft one year where a guy drafted James Scott of the Chicago Bears.  Scott had just signed a contract to play in Canada and it was a lost pick.  One wise ass smirked and made fun of him and then turned around and drafted Joe Delaney of the Chiefs who had drowned a couple weeks before the draft.  He looked pretty foolish.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:32 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

dex paranoia and losttribe1 settle down a little,

I am in several drafts.  Some are mid season, some are post season, most are at the end of the preseason but some are right now.  There are those of us who find it fun to draft.  There are a lot worse hobbies.  It is kinda fun having a small league and draft pre pre season.  Lighten up.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:30 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

I always felt that Chris Johnson was very overrated. His team does not have a passing game so they run him into the ground. So of course his stats will be off the charts! Anyway, isn't Johnson tired of playing for the Titans? They have not had a winning season in a long time and there are no indications that things will change soon. He needs to sign with a playoff caliber team.

WOW, so much wrong with this. The Titans won their division 3 years ago. That's a long time? What's the 49ers situation considered then? BTW, he can't sign with anyone. He is still under contract, hence the holdout.

Also, didn't Frank Gore sign a 4 year $28 mill extension a few years ago? Frank aint getting close to what CJ is getting. Frank is on his second contract CJ is not. And Steven Jackson signed a 6 years deal worth close to $50 mill a few years ago if I'm not mistaken. Both guys are making more money than CJ. And NEITHER has accomplished as much as CJ has.....really, what have S-Jax and Frank Gore done other than be very good RBs in the NFL? Neither has been considered to be the best at any time in their career and Frank can barely stay on the field.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:18 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

We always hold our fantasy draft the opening week of the season usaully Tuesday after labor day.
As far as Chris Johnson, everyone one has the right to renegotiate their contract. I'm glad he is actually following through on his threat unlike the others that reported to camp. Johnson is way underpaid compared to other starting running backs. In this case he does have an obligation but the Titans also need to do what is right. Tennesse may go a couple of weeks into the season and see they have no running game and pay him or Johnson may get screwed by his back up. Time will tell. never a dull moment. So glad the NFL is back.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:10 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

lumoco ur saying he should leave the titans cuz their team aint good enough?  when has sf had a playoff caliber team? its alot longer ago then the titans... so by ur reasoning franke gore should be long gone,   and i dont care bout the titans or 49ers but frank gore gets used a ton too because he was the only weapon the 49ers had so u can say the same for his stats, tho i like em both  c2j is a better back imo and less injury prone

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