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Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 7:13 am
Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Tuesday, Titans running back Chris Johnson was headed to Nashville to meet with the organization, ostensibly to discuss a new contract. As for what he was expecting, Johnson was both cryptic and pragmatic, tweeting "Could get better or worst."

Well, according to reports, the two sides have gone their separate ways Wednesday afternoon, no deal has been announced, and no update given as to the status of Johnson's ongoing holdout. Neither Johnson nor his agent Joel Segal, or Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt, were immediately available for comment, the Associated Press reported.

This is the latest chapter in a saga that has dragged on since training camps began in late July. Johnson hinted during the offseason that he wanted a new contract, and two weeks ago Reinfeldt announced that the team was willing to make Johnson the league's "highest-paid running back." He'd just need Johnson to show up to camp and negotiations would proceed from there.

Seemed reasonable except that Johnson wanted to be one of the NFL's highest-paid players. And even after a face-to-face meeting Wednesday, the impasse continues.

We've argued that Tennessee shouldn't pay Johnson. Not because he's not a great player, but because running backs are fungible. In the Titans' last preseason game, Jamie Harper rushed for 83 yards on 11 carries, and Stafon Johnson added 68 yards on 11 carries.

Chris Johnson's Holdout

While we shouldn't make too much of one preseason game, there are countless examples from the regular season, too. Willie Parker, Chris Ivory and Arian Foster immediately come to mind as undrafted backs who got opportunities after players ahead of them were injured.

It's rare that a player holding out for more money has leverage over the team, but the Titans have a rookie quarterback in Jake Locker (though Matt Hasselbeck will likely start the season under center) who will need all the help he can get. And there's the very real chance that the league suspends wide receiver Kenny Britt, Tennessee's second-biggest offensive weapon.

Whether it's enough to force the Titans' hand is another story, especially since the team -- with Johnson on the field -- won six games in 2010 and eight games the year before.

And if he does return before the regular season? Head coach Mike Munchak says Johnson can't just show up and expect 30 touches a game

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:07 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

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Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:13 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

I believe he deserves to be in the top 10 of all players paid in the NFL. Fitz money no way.
Make Him offer as stated by Titans brass to be top paid RB. IF he refuses initial offer, give him 48 hrs to decided and then tell him after 48 hrs, $1million per day will be withdrawn from offer for every day after. Just another no good low life scumbag NFL player feeling entitled to play a game they are suppose to love, and I am a Titans fan but totally disgusted with all directions game is headed. GO PREDS!

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:21 am

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

The Titans are asking Johnson to honor the agreement he signed and report and then a negotiation on an extension can be discussed.  He will not get paid at the same pay scale as a QB he should take the high end money on the RB scale and be happy.  This team is going to be bad for the next few years and spending too much money on one player will effect this getting any better. 

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:37 am

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

he should be paid like a top 3 rb and it sounded like the titans wanted to do that so he should be kissing "whiteys" a$$.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:23 am

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Paying RBs a huge amount of money is a horrible investment.  Johnson has to realize that RBs are low on the food chain of NFL players importance to a team.

Johnson should be honored that the Titan are even willing to make him the highest paid at his position..even that is too much money.  Johnson should sign that deal right away because it will not get any better with any other team.  The writer is correct.  The Titans will be in the 4-12-6-10 area with or without Johnson.

Better or worst????

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:48 am

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

He be worth it only if he would play the 2nd half of playoff games.. But he won't... so he's not worth it...

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:06 am

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

He's being a greedy bitch now.... The team stated they were ready to make him the 'highest paid running back in the NFL' but that's not good enough... he wants to be the highest paid PLAYER.

It's not worth it... running backs are disposable even when they are as dynamic as CJ.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:37 am

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

if and when a deal is reached, he will return, play a series and get hurt.. it happens every time
i am so sick of hearing about guys that are under contract wanting a new deal bores me !

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