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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: 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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