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Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: November 7, 2011 11:13 am
What's going on with Chris Johnson in Tennessee? (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's Week 9 and Titans running back Chris Johnson, one of the NFL's best players right up till the moment he signed that huge contract in the offseason, has a grand total of 302 yards this season.

Things have gotten so bad so fast that head coach Mike Munchak had to publicly announce that he had no plans to bench his running back. And there's even talk that the organization could choose to walk away from Johnson at some point in the near future. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora broke down Johnson's contract details Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning.

"[The Titans] looked at this as a long-term deal … but there are always certain caveats. [Johnson] got $30 million guaranteed. Thirteen million of it came this year -- that was fully guaranteed. The other $17 million is not at this point fully guaranteed for injury and skill -- just injury.

"So because of diminished production, he could be let go at some point. Eight million of that $17 million will come the fifth day of the league year in 2012 -- in March -- the other $9 million comes a year after that. Then it becomes fully guaranteed for both.

"So conceivably, [the Titans] could get out after one year for $13 million. After two years, if this continues into 2012, for $22 million. And if [Johnson] doesn't get 1,000 yards rushing this year, $300,000 comes off his $8 million salary in 2012."

A league source tells's Mike Florio that several teams think Tennessee could release Johnson before the fifth day of the 2012 league year precisely for the reasons La Canfora outlined above.

Johnson's productivity falling off a cliff is certainly surprising -- the man averaged 1,500 rushing yards per year in his first two seasons (including 5.0 yards per carry) -- but the real story here is the organization's decision to give a running back a huge pay day.

We wrote about it three months ago before Johnson got his money and we'll mention it again in the hopes that other teams learn from Tennessee's mistake: of all the positions on an NFL roster, running back is among the easiest to replace. The takeaway: don't devote a non-trivial slice of the salary cap to them because there are certain to be bigger, harder-to-fill needs on the team.

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Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:05 pm

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

Well wih johnson, the same thing happened with Alexander! Once some of these players get paid (deserving or not) it seems as if they just do not care

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:03 pm

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

Alright, so do you guys realize that Munchak implemented a zone blocking scheme for running plays, much like Shanahan had in Denver.  The problem is that with the league wide holdout took away from the learning curve (for the line, the RB, and the FB that was suspended the first 4 games)... if you watch the Titans games, most of the time the opponents put 8-9 in the box, and with just a pinch of confusion in the blocking scheme, there are 3 guys on CJ before he hits the line of scrimmage.  I think a bigger problem for him is he is trying to "Barry Sanders" it, and dance around in the backfield until he can brake a big gainer.... he didn't do this his first 2 seasons... now half his carries are for 0 or negative yardage....

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:29 pm

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

This is prime example why all contracts should be incentive based!! Let the players earn there money, this isnt the first time and wont be the last time this happens. Too many athletes piss and moan about how good they are and much money they deserve then dont perform when they get it. I swear this turd said he was gonna break 2500 yards in a season!!! JOKE

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:22 pm

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

Agree with . If he is healthy, they have to cut him before the 17mil kicks in. Unless of course he turns it on and starts playing again. I can't explain it - what is he now afraid of getting hurt, is he carring the money in his uniform and it's weighing him down. How do you lose lack of motivation? What about if nothing else playing for the guys in your locker room who supported you when you asked for a boat load of cash. It is stuff like this that should be making every player in the NFL pissed because when they ask for their payday guess what CJ name is going to come up!.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:04 pm

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

Please...lets call it for what it is. Chris Johnson is quoted as saying that he deserved to be the highest paid NFL PLAYER, not running back...and he comes back from his holdout with a ton of cash, and NO MOTIVATION to be the best anymore because pride was never why he did as well as he did, he was motivated by money, and only money. AP got the big payday but you don't see him slacking. Chris Johnson is a perfect example of a man with tons of talent and now money, but he doesn't posess an ounce of character or any sense of team, its all about him. I personally hope what comes around goes around. Burn you greedy SOB.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:02 pm

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

I love how one artricle bashed the Bears organization for not paying Forte.  And them in another article explains exactly why you dont give RBs huge deals. 

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:35 am

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

I agree that Chris Johnson is doing extremely poorly this year, but it would be hard for the franchise to let him go. I know that holding out has also killed Larry Johnson's career too. Larry did the same thing for the Chiefs after two successful years and then it caused so much controversy and him holding out, caused him to get out of shape and killed that season they gave him the huge contract, much like it is doing to Chris Johnson. Maybe Chris will recover from the poor season unlike Larry, but you never know.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:31 am

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

And people wonder why the organizations and owners have the final card to play. This is just one of the many examples of how you hand a guy a lifetime (or lifetimes) worth of money and he no longer needs to work hard.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:30 am

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

And once again, we have a sports star who gets the big payday, and immediately turns into a lazy slug.

LOL at all those Titan fans who, just a few short months ago on this very website, were saying "Yeah, you need to like, pay the dude, because he's a total stud RB, and he deserves the jack, man! HE DESERVES THOSE MILLIONS!!!"

How's that feeling about now? How are you liking paying more than ever for tickets, concessions, and whatnot else to pay $13 million into CJ's lazy, no-account backside?

Also, a special shout-out to all the running backs who will find it that much harder to get their big payday, because CJ has once again shown what happens to so many big-name athletes once they get the $$$; they just stop caring about everything.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:25 am

Could Titans part ways with Chris Johnson?

It's unfortunate to see this guy get his money then lose the drive to improve. At some point, you would think he would step up his game for his pride's sake. Tennessee has got to do something to get him going again, like sitting him on the bench for a few quarters. Nothing sparks some change like public humiliation!

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