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Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 10:13 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, Titans RB Chris Johnson doesn’t just want top-tier running back money in order to end his holdout from Tennessee camp. He wants top-tier NFL player money. That’s the word from, which reports that there are no signs the Johnson-Titans impasse will end anytime soon.

Johnson's Contract Journey
Although the Titans have stated they’re willing to make Johnson the highest-paid RB in the league -- if you were looking for comparisons, Adrian Peterson will make $10.7 million this year, and the Panthers gave DeAngelo Williams $21 million guaranteed this offseason -- they actually haven’t made a formal offer to Johnson’s agent.

Meanwhile, Johnson, whose base salary for 2011 is $800,000, says he wants $30 million guaranteed for his next contract, and he’s willing to lose a year of accrued free agency to do it. It should be noted that Tennessee gave Johnson a raise to end his holdout last year, so when the Titans say they won’t negotiate with Johnson if he’s not in camp, it’s questionable whether they mean it.

Especially since we all know how important Johnson is to their cause.

Otherwise, the Titans will feature Javon Ringer, who hurt himself in Tennessee’s first preseason game and missed Monday's practice, as their starting RB. Which might not be a terrible thing, because it seems like the coaching staff and players are impressed at Ringer’s talent (even if the awesomeness of Johnson has blocked most everybody else from seeing it).

But Tennessee also doesn’t know exactly what it’s getting if the Titans need to get him 25 carries a game. With Johnson, they do.

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Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:57 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

$30 million guaranteed for a RB? C'mon man!

Sure, you have had an awesome 3 years, but how much motivation will you lose when you've banked all that money? The NFL is littered with players who are phenomenal when working towards a new deal, and then they fall off the ledge after cashing their next deal's signing bonus.

You signed the deal. The deal says you will be paid what was agreed upon as long as you are on the roster, injuries or not, and you can be cut if you are not producing up to the expectations of the team. Those were the terms. So far, you have exceeded expectations, but you may suck this season and the following, justifying not paying $13 mil+ perseason.

You'll make at least $12 million in your first deal. You got $7 million guaranteed, and a $3.86 mil roster bonus in your second season. That's why you are down to $800K this season - you alrady banked most of your contract.

Get over it and report to camp. Then maybe, just maybe, the team will open the negotiations to lock you in with an extension with a signing bonus you can cash this year.

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:56 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Lets go CJ... I picked u first in my draft for crying out loud!!!!

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:50 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

I like CJ but I also agree with the Titans. Since he's under contract I wouldn't give him a new deal until he came to camp and we sat down and talked face to face (with his agent too). For everyone who keeps talking about this alleged 3 year expiration date for an NFL players career check the numbers. The main guys/players yelling that nonsense are the players already making big money and are on their 2nd or 3rd contract or contract extention. That 3 year number is not accurate because it also includes guys who were signed as practice teamers and guys who had no real shot at making a team but did because of injuries/depth issues, etc. Can anyone actually name a player or two who had their career cut short within that magical 3 year period that these players keep saying is the expiration date for players? And when I say a player I mean a player who had the legit skills to actually start or play in the NFL not some 4th, 5th or 6th rounder who was signed just to fill out a roster.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:32 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Chris Johnson is a rb already on the downside of his career, as rb's don't play that long. I think all contracts should be incentive/performance based anyway. People keep mentioning what D'Angelo Williams is making. He is being overpaid as well. They are all being overpaid. He wants Manning/Brady money---what an absolute joke! Chris Johnson could not hold their jock straps. The Titans are horrble, so instead of wasting money on a guy that will probably be out of football in a couple of years, save the money for a guy like Andrew Luck coming out next year! QB's are much more valuable and have a greater impact on the game. Just look at the past several Super Bowl winners--who was their star running back? The Colts, Saints, Patriots, and the Packers all won with average running games! He is way more valuable to fantasy football than actual football!

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:25 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Let this piece of trash sit and then every team in the league should offer him 1 dollar next year he is nothing then a big whiny baby you signed a contract now live up to it if you dont like it go play in canada cause trash like Johnson dont belong in NFL 

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:20 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Dude, "Fat Albert" folded in Washington and Alex Rodrigez is at or  near the top of every statistical category since signing with the New York Yankees! Do some research before spouting off!

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:07 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

CJ slinging rocks on the corner for $30 not 30 mill. Get your punk a$$ in camp.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:06 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

He might be worth more if he wouldn't sit out the second half of playoff games..  Don't break the bank on him...  He's special, but sits out the second half when the Super Bowl is on the line..  

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:00 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

one year?  look at his past 3 seasons

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:55 am

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Can you blame him? He's going to be irrelevant in 3 years just like almost every other running back. Their shelf lives are just so short, so he needs to get paid while he can. 
With the new rookie wage scale, they're locked up for 5 years.  There is zero reason to ever pay one of them since you can just keep drafting a new one every 5 years.  Ironically the argument for the rookie wage scale is probably the only position with the longevity that it doesn't even really matter, that is, the QB spot.  The RB spot is now total garbage.  If I was an NFL hopeful at RB right now I would ask to switch to a different position.

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