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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: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:53 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

This is very disturbing news. It was only recently that cbssports had reported about Frank Gore holding out for more money because he has done more than Chris Johnson and Steven Jackson and for alot less money. If Gore stopped his holdout then why should Johnson not stop his as well. Gore makes alot less money than Johnson and Jakcson, but he has been asked to do alot more to help his team win. As a 49er fan for the majority of my life I think I do know alittle bit about what I'm talking might not be much, but it's enough to know that you don't hold out at the risk of hurting your team and your own chances of success. Cbssports also reported that every time a player holdouts he suffers an injury after coming back. For a guy like Johnson this is not good at all.

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.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:46 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. Didn't Roy Williams , Marion Barber, Willis MaGahee, Derrick Mason and others also have contracts that the owners were not held to. The bottom line for anyone with sense is that all contracts are actually 1 year contracts in the NFL with team options every other year after that on the contract.

As far as the 2 recent holdouts are concerned, DeSean Jackson is a completely different situation. He reported because if he loses this year toward FA then he could not be a FA next off season (if he doesnt get a new deal). Chris Johnson is not in the same situation and by holding out past today's date means he will not report without a new contract. If the Titans want to be stupid and play chicken then they are going to lose. You have 2 choices pony up or trade. Thinking he is going to relent and report is a fools errand.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:25 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Wait, I am confused so does Johnson lose a year then?

Pretty sure in the last CBA if a holdout came back with something like 5 or 6 games left in the season the year still counted against his eligitbility.   I'd love to see teams start making examples of these idiots.  He signed the deal so play out the contract until the Titans are willing to extend his deal or possibly even trade him.   The power should be with the Titans in a case like this.  It's not like they were winning a lot of games with him the last 2 seasons.  They didn't make the playoffs anyway so they should let him hold out, develop some young talent and take a better draft pick.   Maybe pick up an excellent running back in next year's draft and then trade him for as much you they can possibly get for him.  But not right now though.... Make him suffer.  Make him hold out, fine him and let him lose as much money as possible to teach him a lesson. 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:23 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

I don't understnd why people draft their fantasy teams before the first preseason game is even played.

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.

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:05 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

The Titans should trade Chris Johnson. The Titans are clearly a re-building team. You dont rebuild your franchise around a running back, let alone a back looking for 30 millon dollars in guarentted money. You could bring in a quality back for a 1/4 of Johnson demands. Running is no longer a signature position in the league. Its about tandems, & versatility..its a passing league. He is a stud but only qb, elite pass rushers, left tackles & shut down corners command that type of coin.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:04 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

Just when you think you got rid of Randy Moss here come Chris Johnson. Is this guy for real just report to camp! This is the reason pro sports are suffering. Guys like Moss paved the way for future cry babies like Johnson. You have a contract with 2 years left on it bonehead. Why even have contracts anymore just sign players to one year deals. Think about all the excitement every year! Well I don't want to think about it because it is stupid like his holdout. The Titans need to dig in and let this ungreatful baby sit for the next two seasons. The the next guy who wants a new deal might think about it. I am betting Johnson figures the Titans will trade him. Allowing him to get a new  deal from his new team!

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:00 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

I don't understnd why people draft their fantasy teams before the first preseason game is even played.

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:36 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

think of how fast he would REALLY be if he cut that hair...must weigh 5 lbs, no joke

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:36 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

I drafted 2nd and took Johnson behind AP.  Wonder how this is going to play out.    

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: August 9, 2011 1:33 pm

Chris Johnson still hasn't reported to camp

He isn't the grinder those two backs were....Pay the man!!!!!

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