Tag:Chris Johnson contract
Posted on: July 22, 2010 2:46 pm

Report: Chris Johnson officially signs new deal

As reported earlier this week , Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans have agreed on terms of a new contract -- one that would move some of Johnson's final year escalators up and get him paid now (just in time for training camp).

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is now reporting that Johnson has in fact officially received his pay raise .
A league source tells [PFT] that Johnson signed the deal on Thursday ... The contract will pay Johnson more money this season by accelerating some escalators that he had unlocked for future seasons. The terms -- insofar as I can tell -- have not been officially announced; presuming Florio's source is correct (that's a safe presumption, it just needs to be said), there should be some announcement from the Titans shortly.

Check back here and follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter for updates -- expectations seem to be that the figure will be in the $2.5 million range (up from the $550,000 Johnson stood to originally make in 2010).

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 7:07 pm

Report: Titans, Chris Johnson Reach New Deal

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

Posted on: June 14, 2010 11:14 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2010 11:23 pm

Rough Day in Tennessee

Bud Adams may not want to read the sports section tomorrow. In it, he’s likely to find commentary about Vince Young’s apology for his recent citation at a Dallas strip club (earlier Pro Football Talk ripped Young for reportedly telling teammates that a friend talked him into going to the strip club).

Adams will also read about the four-game suspension handed down to linebacker Gerald McRath for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. (McGrath says he took a tainted supplement, not a steroid).

That’s not all…..

There was also a fight at Titans practice – though Cortland Finnegan was involved so maybe it’s not newsworthy (reporting that the feisty Finnegan got into a scuffle is like reporting that the sun rose again today). This time, Finnegan’s adversary was wide receiver Nate Washington.

Gritty right tackle David Stewart also got into with defensive end William Hayes. Stewart was able to rip Hayes’s helmet off but missed his target when he rifled it back at him.

Cornerback Rod Hood, who was in contention for the No. 2 job opposite Finnegan, was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Chris Johnson, as expected, did not report for minicamp. (Johnson is holding out for a long-term contract.)

On the bright side, the Titans were able to get Rhodes Scholar and sixth-round pick Myron Rolle under contract.

--Andy Benoit

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