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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: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:09 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Adrian Peterson is better IMO. Jamaal Charles might be as explosive. I hope CJ's greed ruins his season then the Colts only have to worry about the texans!!

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:56 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

This ends badly for CJ2k. His nightmare is the Titans running game being fine without him week one. He better fold by then.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:49 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

I'm not even sure he's the best all around back in the game..he was inconsistent last year and yes he has big play capability but he also gets stuffed alot in the backfield...quit your whining CJ your greed is very unbecoming and the team will be OK with Ringer running the ball as he's shown signs of explosiveness cost me atleast 3 weeks last year in FF....go EAgles!!!!

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:39 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Yeah, I'm alwas torn on this.  On one hand, you're right, RBs just don't exert as much influence on a game's final outcome as QBs, and they are more replaceable.  SO yeah, they don't deserve QB money.  On the other hand, QBs have incredibly short careers and sacrifice a lifetime of good health for a few years of play.  In that context, RBs surely deserve more $..

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:17 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

See what happens when he's getting paid nothing and stuck under current contract with no chance to sign on elsewhere.  Take the nice offer to be highest paid RB and run Forest run!  Not likely to receive offer as highest paid RB in league from any team if he sits out the remainder of his contract.  Good luck CJ but the Titans hold the cards right now.  Not like you're going to win them a Superbowl either.  If RB's won Superbowls, I'd be a happy camper as a Vikings fan.  Turns out there's a lot more to it.  Being a team player and accepting a contract as the highest paid RB would certainly be a step in the right direction.  This is just another example of our very greedy society in and out of sports.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:09 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:02 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

I think it's more than fair to be the highest payed running back.  While I understand the business side from the player's point of view, Johnson is out of his mind if he thinks he is going to be payed or even should be payed elite quarterback money.  Running backs don't get payed like Payton Manning, Brees, Brady, for a reason.  They don't have nearly the same responsibilities and are far more easily replaced.  The drop off from an elite quarterback is far more severe than the drop off from a great running back, unless your name is Jim Brown or Gale Sayers.  He hasn't reached that level, and even if he did, he shouldn't be the highest payed player in the league.  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.

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:00 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

no rb is worth manning/brady money.  CJ2K better wake up and agree to be the highest paid rb, because thats what he is, a rb.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:55 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

The Titans can't back down! I'd tell CJ, look we'll be 6-10 at best with you. 3-13 without you. Come to camp and get paid top RB $ or sit out and make zip. He wasn't complaining when he signed that contract, he was out buying Bentley's and putting 24 inch rims on it. So fullfill the cotract. Even Tenn knows he is worth more, but he's obviously not getting good advice. I'd let him sit and then come back crawling, then trade him.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:36 pm

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Dear Titans AND RYAN WILSON(you corporate suck up).  PAY this elite player the money he deserved.  The Titans "WOULD make him the highest paid running back IF he shows up to camp".  Yeah-REAL solid advice from an organization that treated great players---probably their best---like Eddie George and Steve Mcnair like crap.  Here's a clue - IF he shows up to camp they MIGHT not make him the highest player.  CAN they plug in a serviceable running back?  Sure.  Will that guy be a potential 2,000 yard rusher?  No way jose.

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. 

It's EASY to tote the corporate line.  It's tough to say what the truth is sometimes.

Pay this player OR trade him to a team that will.

Watching the NFL since 1979.

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