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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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Comments

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Fungible?  Really?  I was in a mock draft two nights ago and a guy used the word fungible and the rest of us laughed over it.  There was a long discussion over the word cause most of us thought it was a made up word or a typo and now it shows up here.  So was I drafting with Ryan Wilson two nights ago or does he and some random guy just have the same "word of the day" calender?  Its a damn good thing I am not a paranoid schitzophrenic or I would be freaking out right now!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

While Chris Johnson is probably the most explosive RB and possibly, player in the league, I think Adrian Peterson is more valuable to the Vikings than CJ is to the Titans.  A big play back is great but a grind it out guy helps the team win.  The Titans didn't win last year...or the year before.  Lets face it, the Titans are cheap asssed and are in no shape to contend for anything in the playoffs with a Rook QB in Jake Locker and who knows what other woes they have in the passing game and defense.

If the Titans want something for nothing, then they need to trade this guy for at least a 1st and 2nd round pick.  They OBVIOUSLY don't want to pay him a fair contract and it will come at their expense and his expense either way.  They want him to play for cheap like he did last year because that's how these people operate...and CJ is smart enough to hold out for a fair deal.  However, the player then looks like the bad guy, especially to 'whitey' and 'whitey's' fans, because he wants to be paid what he's worth for his work.  I personally would have traded him by now because the Titans are obviously not interested in winning this year nor do they believe they can compete with the elite teams of the AFC.   



Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Chris Johnson made $385k last season!!!!




Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

The Titans median salary last year was 1.01 million.  He is on the bottom of his teams pay.  Thats just not right.  Come on.



Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

@Objectiveobsvr - Obviously you aren't married.  If you are I want you to give your wife a trophy to show your love and respect.  What does it say to a player who is making 800k and you sign a rookie and pay him triple that.  I gurantee if CJ was offered a contract like 10 mill signing bonus and 8m a year he would have taken it because they came to him first.

We spend the most money on what is important to us.  I grew up not to far from CJ and money isn't our main motivation.  CJ is one of the few that loves the game.  I think he showed a lot of character by playing last year without a new deal.  Think about it....What if your co-worker who only came in once a weekd to fill in one in a while was making double of what you are making and your produce twice as much.  I bet CJ isn't even the highest paid back on his team.  

 



Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

@objectiveobsvr - what if he is hurt and then the Titans cut him?  Do you think they should pay him his last year on his contract?



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Its not about greed its about respect!


If it's really about respect, the Titans should give him a trophy that says "Best Titan Ever" and give him the respect he deserves.

No, it's really about the money.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Take your 8-10 million dollars a year and come back down to reality.  One year at that pay and you are more than set for life.
Um. After this contract is over he will have banked over $12 million. Set for life,baby.

If he fails to rush for over 1,000 yards this season and in 2012, his overall performance will not be to far off from his $12 million in wages for the contract. The jury is still out as to whether he will outperform his deal with 2 years still left on it. At least get to your final year before you whine for an extension.







Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Its not about greed its about respect!



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

WHAT they have paid Chris Johnson so far is a crime.  Titans should have given CJ a contract last year BUT they waited.  NOW they're waiting again.
We don;t know how well he is going to do overall during his contract, because it is not over yet. If CJ reports to camp this week, and goes on to rush for 800 yards and 5 TDs, his decline will have become more of a trend. He already dropped over 600 yards from his career high.

Let's judge whether he outperformed his $12 million contract after he has cashed all his checks, then we'll see if he deserves $10 mil-plus a season in his next deal.

The team has all the leverage. They are not desperate to do a new deal, and I don't blame them for holding their ground. CJ could tear an ACL in his first game, and his signing bonus and weekly checks still get banked.

For every player who outperforms his deal (CJ), there are many who underperform theirs (Haynesworth, etc.). CJ happens to be on one side of the equation. Someone has to make up for the multimillion-dollar-signing bonus flops teams carry around like anchors.


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