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Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:50 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Still no sign of Chris Johnson in Tennessee. He wants a new contract (he's currently slated to make $800,000), but the Titans say they won't negotiate until he comes to camp. So Johnson remains MIA, even though the new collective bargaining agreement stipulates that if holdouts don't show up by August 9, they could lose a year of accrued free agency.

As's Josh Katzowitz wrote Tuesday, "Johnson probably isn’t worried about his free agent status because, assuming he gets the long-term deal that he wants, the year he’s losing won’t matter at all."

This assumes, of course, that Johnson gets paid. (While we think Johnson's one of the two best backs in the league, we don't think the Titans should give him "Adrian Peterson money" -- or anything close to it.)

This has to be very troubling for Johnson's teammates, the guys relying on him to help carry this offense in 2011, right? Not if you're talking to Tennessee's new (old) quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, who will pull down $9 million this year to serve as Jake Locker's mentor and start a few games, too.

Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, Hasselbeck was asked if he was more concerned about Johnson's holdout or Kenny Britt's string of off-field issues. “I’m not concerned about either one," he said, according to

Turns out, this isn't Hasselbeck's first holdout rodeo.

“I played in Seattle when Walter Jones was doing his holdout thing,” he said. “He was holding out and he’d show up on Wednesday before the first game. And the feeling in the building was, We know Walter Jones is good enough just to show up, and the best part about this is that there’s no chance he gets hurt. No chance someone rolls up on his ankle or knee or whatever. We know that we’re at least going to have him healthy.

"I’ve sort of been there,” he added. “Not stressing about that.”

And Johnson could probably show up the Wednesday before the first game and be productive, too. The difference is that the Seahawks would've been hard-pressed to win without Jones. For as good as Johnson is, the Titans can win without him. (Tennessee won 13 games CJ's rookie season, eight games in 2009 and six games in '10.) That's the nature of the game; you build an offense around a franchise QB and a left tackle who can protect him, not an all-galaxy running back.

We mentioned it last week but it Bears repeating here: the previous eight Super Bowl winners didn't have a high-priced, top-5 running back on the roster. What they did have, however, was a franchise quarterback. Teams can survive without one but not the other.

But hey, we applaud Johnson for his convictions. There's something to be said for not making stuff up.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:05 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:36 am
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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:20 am

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

What is Hasselbeck supposed to say?  Should he have said, "we are crap w/o CJ and we have an ice cube's chance in you know where if he is not there when the real games start?"  Hasselbeck and the rest of the Titans know it is a big problem if CJ is not there.  They have their code to honor about not discussing other player's contracts.  The Jets were none too happy when Ryan talked about D. Revis's contract.  Hasselbeck is taking the high road by not saying anything and making the comment that with CJ not in camp, he can't get hurt.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:19 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

Show up late and pull a hammy... disaster written all over it.  It's a shame to because CJ is dynamite.  But we all know that RB's have a short career window of opportunity, so I dont' blame him for seeking a raise.  He'd be better of honouring his contract and negotiating in camp.....

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:39 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

No doubt...he deserves it and I sure hope he gets it.
I think Hassleback just wants a healthy CJ to show up whenever the time is right.

I really do think Johnson could show up to camp and they'd have a deal done quickly. They did tell him they'd do a deal after last season, so it's time that they honored their word.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:37 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

If you think about it, Hasselback makes perfect sense. CJ is plenty good enough to come in and be productive right away--and you are guaranteeing that won't get hurt in the preseason.
Of course it would be ideal if he could get in sometime during the preseason, as they need to get thier timing down. But it's not disasterous unless he starts missing regualr season games.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:33 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

Hasselback making 9 million - CJ3 making .8 million.  CJ takes the handoff from the 9 million dollar man and gets blown up in the hole and his .8 million dollar legs snap in two.  Thats why cj wants his money now and he deserves it.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:29 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

Great teammate Hasslehole! Great way to start off on the right foot with one of the best backs in the league.  What does Hasslehole make 9 mil while Johnson gets less than 1 mil?  When it comes for Johnson to make a block maybe he should take a dive and watch a defensive lineman pulverise your overrated ass right into the turf. I'm pretty sure that a contract will be reached and Johnson will start in week 1 but I can't wait to watch the replays of that defensive lineman putting the smackdown on your ass!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:20 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

you cant put a real value on hasselbecks salary this year because, although a part of the reason he was brought in is to compete and win ball games the real reason is to give locker a year to soak in the NFL and be their starter in 2012. If he assist is the success of Locker and truly helps him blossom into a successful NFL QB than the $9 is A LOT more valuable than any financial amount they can pay CJ,

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:08 pm

Hasselbeck not worried by Chris Johnson's absence

Why did Tennessee not think about fixin this prior to the lock out? they know how good he has been , do they not think he overplayed his contract and deserved to rewarded with at least top 10 monies, without asking? I don't agree with CJ not reporting, but shame on Tennessee  paying Hassleback 9 mil, but only feel CJ worth .8 mil? Headscratcher in my books.

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