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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: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:59 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

The tits are going to stink this year with or without him, so save the cap space and let him sit.  RB's are only great for 3 years now adays, and he has had 2 good ones already. 

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:47 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

There has never been a real contract in the NFL. The owners broke them all the time, which is ok because they own the team. If a player can hold out for more money then he has the right. Just because it’s a game it’s still a job and business. My company has the right to lay me off if they want just like I have the right to ask for a raise or find another job. Yes the amount of money is insane, but it cracks me up all the people that blog on here, watch gms, buy tickets or shirts (what ever). How do you think they can afford it, FANS? And please do not give me the old I do not watch or care. Companies hire extra workers due to FF cutting into productive.

I think the money is insane but if I could do what the players or owners do, I would be greedy. It’s no difference that a UAW assembly tech making 100k a year, allot of people work harder for less but its there right to make that if someone thinks they are worth it.

CJ will get paid, maybe not as much but he will get paid.  

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:46 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

With CJ and a healty Hasselback the titans might win 4-6 games the most. Without Chris Johnson they dont stand a chance. Not only is CJ the teams best player but he is basically their only big name player.(other then Hasselback) 30 mill guaranteed is to much, but 800gs for the work CJ has been putting in is way under the amount he deserves.

I hate when stupid people say players sign a contract in football you shouldnt hold out you should honor it. But no contract in football is honored. Owners do not honor contracts so players hold out when they think they deserve more. Players also reconstruct contracts. So stop with the BS saying players is supposed to honor their contracts.  

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:36 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

C.J. is a very good rb and deserves to get paid.  30m guaranteed is a lot of money.  But after watching the fight over 9 billion do you blame him for asking for 30m.  If you want C.J. to remain a Titan for the rest of his career then get the deal done.  You can't worry about him getting hurt because every nfl player is an injury away from being done.  How much is Johnson worth to your team?  30m if you ask C.J.  Not 30m if you are the Titans.  The Titans are willing to make C.J. the highest paid at his position and he should accept that.  To ask to be the highest paid in the league is a little much.  Pump your brakes and think before it's too late on losing your one year of free agency because you will be in the same boat next year.  If you were smart C.J. you would come into camp and see what they are offering you and then make your move since they are willing to negociate.  If it's not what you want then next year you are a free agent and can get paid then.  But trying to hold the Titans hostage isn't going to get you 30m any faster.Cool

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:20 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

No, he doesn't have $30M. And he's not going to have it.

He knows he's going to spend his money recklessly so he wants to milk the Titans for all they've got.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:13 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

OK, I know the Titans underpaid him. But this clown is under contract and shouldn't be holding out in the first place. Besides, NO PLAYER IS WORTH $30 MILLION ! If the Titans pay him and then he sustains a season-ending or career-threatening injury, they have paid all that money for nothing ! I don't want CJ to get hurt at all. But with the lockout and so many players already hurt in training camps and the 1st preseason week, it would be ludicrous to give this man what he wants ! And, as others have suggested, once he signs his fat cat contract, his level of performance will most likely decline sharply before the next 6 seasons are up.

So many of these athletes have lost touch with reality. Mr. Johnson, try being on a monthly, cruddy disability check while at the same time losing the house you've lived in for 48 years to property taxes. Not knowing where you will live or how you will manage in the future.

I know he wants to get paid. BUT GET REAL !! $30 million a season ? Anyway, he should be out there sweating in camp right now. A player currently under contract is supposed to be working, not holding out !

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:09 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Greed breeds bankruptcy.  He is worth half of that demand, tops.

Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:57 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Hey as a Bengal fan.We would take him.And if you want something in return.We would give you Carson Palmer in a trade!Wink

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:39 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

He don't have to speak english.... he's got 30 million.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:34 pm

Chris Johnson not likely to show up any time soon

Maybe he needs the $30M to get lessons about how to speak English.

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