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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: 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.



Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

CJ make sure you hold until they pay you right.  We live in an age where we tend to over analyze simple things.  Let me give you reasons why the Titans should pay Chris Johnson, I'm not saying it should be the most in the league but he has over performed his contract.  We have no problem with a team cutting a high draft bust.  These are the reason that the Titans should PAY THE MAN!  If you want to be a nerd and analyze it you have to look at it from a business stand point not how long he would last.  The owner should be able to look at his numbers since Johnson blew up.

1.  The NFL is in the business of entertaining.  CJ is the most exciting back in the league and I guarantee the NFL has made over a $50 million off of him alone since he entered the league.  We can't measure this but we can atleast start with Jersey sales, Christ Johnson was #18 in the NFL for Jersey sales alone.

2.  When we go to a restaurant and a waitress does a great job we will tip them a little extra to show our grattitude.  Why can't the owner show his love to this man.  He could have saved himself the trouble last year by resigning the man.  Show the man some love.  

3.  Chris Johnson loves the game of football.  He plays hard every down is a great teammate.  Look past the dreads his southern accent and you will see a great guy.  We often over look the superstars that stay out of trouble.  These are kids in their 20s with millions of dollars most of us couldn't handle this. 

4.  I'M TIRED OF THAT TERRIBLE ARTICLE ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF A BACK OVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME.  MAN I WISH I COULD GET PAID TO DO SUCH A STUPID ANALYSIS!  A RUNNING BACK GETS PAID FOR MORE THAN THE YARDS.  JUST IMAGINE IF YOU HAVE TO FACE THE TITANS AND JOHNSON IS IN THE LINEUP.  EVERY TEAM HAS TO MAKE JOHNSON THE HIGH PRIORITY, WHICH WILL MAKE IT EASIER ON THE PASSING GAME.  WHO WOULD YOU RATHER FACE?  CHRIS JOHNSON OR JAMIE HOFER?  ELWAY DIDN'T GET A SUPERBOWL UNTIL HE HAD DAVIS!  HASSELBACK WAS LESS EFFECTIVE WHEN SHAUN ALEXANDER DECLINED?  WHY DO YOU THINK FAVRE WAS ABLE TO HAVE A SOLID YEAR IN MINNESOTA AT THE AGE OF 75?

Pay the Man!!!! 



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Titan management better get their act together and sign Chris Johnson, CJ is the top back in the league, yes he is better Adrian Peterson


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