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Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

Posted on: August 31, 2011 5:53 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's something. And at this stage of the proceedings, with the regular season barely a week away and the Titans' offense in dire need of a playmaker, any indication that Chris Johnson could return to Tennessee with a new contract is reason for optimism.

On Wednesday night, the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt is the bearer of potentially good news (via Twitter, naturally):

"Now for Johnson's contract news, and it's better. Sources say there has been positive movement for the 1st time between Titans and Johnson."

Pretty vague, yes, but it's certainly better than the headline we saw exactly a week ago: "Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal."

And since the Titans have made it clear that they won't trade Johnson, there was only one of two ways this standoff would end.

One, Johnson could remain on his couch, as the Titans began the season with a rookie quarterback a play away from taking the field, only willing to budge if the team made him one of the league's highest paid players. Or two, the two sides could continue to negotiate a new contract, one that would pay Johnson somewhere between what the top NFL player pulls down and what the top running back makes.

For now, at least, the latter scenario appears to be prevailing. Whether it continues is contingent on, well, money.

We talked about it on Wednesday's Pick-6 Podcast, but why are talks heating up now, days before the season opener? It's not like the Titans didn't know games started on September 11. Or that their offense, as currently constituted, features Matt Hasselbeck and not much else. (Kenny Britt is working his way back into shape and Johnson, obviously, is resting comfortably at the crib.)

Chris Johnson's Holdout

On the other hand, Johnson knows the offense and if Tennessee really does plan to back up the Brinks truck (we've gone on record at least a dozen times but, yeah, we're against it), there's no need to have him hurt himself in training camp or preseason games.

Whatever happens this much is certain: the Titans' offense is better with Johnson. How much better … well, that remains to be seen. Don't forget, Tennessee was 8-8 and 6-10 the last two seasons.

On the upside: Johnson hasn't yet told the organization to "STFU" so the two sides are still communicating. And for now, that's a good thing.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans



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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

I used to be like you, naive, but I found the light. These football players can be cut at almost anytime by the owners. So, I don't begrudge them to hold out for more money. Most of these big 7 year deals will never see it past 2-3 years. Either the player under performs, and is asked to renegotiate or be cut, or they overperform, and they hold out for more money.

This is not the MLB or NBA, these are not guaranteed contracts. This is the way the business model works and to think that somehow the players should be held to a higher standard than the owners is ridiculous. Owners will cut you at the drop of a hat to save money and cap space, the players need to do the same thing for their best interests.



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Just got payed

4 years 53 million. The most yards of any back over the last three years, he should get that kind of money, bet ya AP gets more next year though when he resigns.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

to :

 I am so sick and tired of these athletes demanding money and threatening holdouts...."you signed a contract". If you dont produce, can they pay you less...?? 


The answer is YES!! Its call being cut from the team, even if there is years left on the contract. Teams can cut players and they all do every year with time left on the contracts. If the teams dont have to honor the contracts, why do the players?



Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

Positive movement? Yeah right... Probably just after their morning coffee.




Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

4 yr 53.5 mil. Enjoy getting hurt week 1.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

I am so sick and tired of these athletes demanding money and threatening holdouts...."you signed a contract". If you dont produce, can they pay you less...?? I have a good idea, quit football and use the degree that you earned in college; Utilize your education. Im sure you were a 4.0 student/athlete and can land a job in a fortune 500 company and earn the millions you deserve!! Right? Go punch a clock for forty hours a week and see what type of money you earn. Oh by the way, you may have to cut your hair, rip out the "golden grill" and speak fluent English. Is that a problem?? If so, McDONALDS is always looking for associates!! Good luck.



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

He wants top five money, but RB's don't make teams into Champions.  Top five players:  Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Brees, Rivers.  When they play great their teams win, if they play bad their teams lose.  CJ has played great the last two years, but they still haven't won.  You can't afford to tie up QB money on RB's. 


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