Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans were according to the running back at the ESPYs , "at a standstill." This news came contrary to some reports that cast an optimistic light on the possible proceedings, but one thing was clear: Johnson wasn't coming to camp until he got more money.
Now, according to a report from PFT's Mike Florio , the two parties have reached a "new deal" that will allow the team to move past Johnson's current holdout.
A league source tells us that the Tennessee Titans and running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a new contract that solves the financial problems between team and player.
Johnson -- barring a new deal becoming official -- is scheduled to make just $550,000 in 2010, a paltry sum for a player who most believe to be the best running back in the NFL.
Because of Johnson's talent -- and the Titans facing the second-toughest schedule in the NFL next season -- the notion that Tennessee wouldn't cave at least a little bit seems kind of silly.
But they're not falling into any sort of multi-year "trap" that might lock Johnson in for the $30-40 million guaranteed that he stated he wants , the Titans do appear, according to Florio's source, willing to get Johnson more money for next season. The likelihood is that the money will come via some form of shift in future escalators to get both parties what they want.
Check back here -- and follow us on Twitter -- for more details on the contract as they come to light.
Update (4:35): Adam Schefter tweets that the Titans are -- as expected -- moving up part of his $2.5 million escalator in order to get him paid and in camp.
That's obviously good news for both parties there, anyone who loves football and, lest we forget, fantasy football owners -- no need to avoid drafting him in that CBS Sports Fantasy Football league you were just waiting to fire up .
-- Will Brinson