Tag:Stafon Johnson
Posted on: August 21, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 4:30 pm
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Titans say new deal with Chris Johnson not close

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Titans running back Chris Johnson hinted during the lockout that he wanted a new contract. And he came right out and said it once owners and players agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement. Johnson has yet to show up to training camp, and despite Tennessee general manager Mike Reinfeldt saying the team is ready to make him the NFL's "highest-paid running back," it sounds like Johnson's looking for something more than that.

Good news: Johnson returned to Nashville Saturday. Bad news: it wasn't to meet with the team -- he was in town for personal business.

In fact, the Titans say the two sides aren't even close to a new deal.

“We’ve discussed parameters," Reinfeldt told the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt before the team played the Rams Saturday. "If we can’t agree on the parameters, there’s no sense making offers. If your parameters are different … and if you are talking a different language then you are wasting your time. We’ve talked to his agent and will continue to talk to his agent.”

Also not helping things: Saturday night's announcement that the Cardinals gave Larry Fitzgerald, one of the league's best wide receivers, a shiny, new eight-year, $120 million contract that included $50 million in guarantees.

This prompted CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman to write, "You don't give that kind of guaranteed money to a wide receiver. Quarterbacks, yes. … A wide receiver? That's idiotic. Maybe a left tackle. Emphasis on maybe. Maybe a pass rusher. Emphasis on maybe. But not a wideout.

Chris Johnson's Holdout

"Fitzgerald is a future Hall of Famer, a hard worker, and someone who comes from good family," Freeman continued. "He's a leader. He deserves a huge payday but you don't give a wideout quarterback money in a salary cap league. Fitzgerald alone now occupies some 12 percent of Arizona's salary cap."

We've expressed similar views about Johnson. Namely that, even though he's one of the league's two best running backs, Tennessee shouldn't break the bank to keep him.

Johnson and his agent likely have a different view, and it could mean that signing him will be even more difficult for the Titans. Shortly after Fitzgerald's new contract was announced Johnson and Fitzgerald went back and forth on Twitter:
  • Johnson: "Congrats to @LarryFitzgerald god is good."
  • Fitzgerald: "thanks CJ you up next my guy." 
  • Johnson: "Yes sir." 
In Johnson's absence, backup running backs Jamie Harper and Stafon Johnson played well. Harper rushed for 83 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown; Johnson added 68 yards on 11 carries. Each players ripped off long runs from scrimmage (a 46-yarder for Harper, a 29-yarder for Johnson), and the Titans finished with 198 rushing yards in their 17-16 loss to the Rams.

We don't expect one performance by two backups as reason enough to prompt Johnson to the negotiating table. But it's further evidence that running backs, in general, play the most fungible position on the field.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:39 am
 

Hot Routes 1.25.11: Still more talk on Cutler



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Perhaps one reason why NFL players and some media ripped Jay Cutler to shreds for not playing most of the second half of Sunday’s game: he comes across as awfully aloof and doesn’t allow anyone to know him. Maybe even his fellow NFL players.
  • NFL.com’s Albert Breer breaks the story that Bears QB Todd Collins – you might know him better as Caleb Hanie’s warmup act – suffered a shoulder injury Sunday and he might need surgery. Meaning his 16-year career is very much in jeopardy.
  • Titans RB Stafon Johnson is suing his alma mater, USC, for negligence. He alleges that the weightlifting accident that crushed his larynx and threatened his NFL career was the result of carelessness by former assistant strength coach Jamie Yancher.
  • The Broncos have hired former Saints DB coach Dennis Allen to be their new defensive coordinator. Allen was considered a candidate for the Eagles defensive coordinator position as well.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:40 am
 

Hot Routes 10.28.10: Why not try Kabletown?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Jets owner Woody Johnson is trying to solve the Cablevision/Fox conundrum so New York's fans can, you know, actually watch the game. Yeah, good luck with that, Woody. By the way, the title of this post is in homage to 30 Rock. Kabletown doesn't actually exist. Or does it?

- George Atallah, the NFL Players Association’s assistant director of external affairs, plays off the Cablevision/Fox fight and says it’s similar to where the NFL owners and NFLPA labor dispute is headed.

- Tremendous news for a guy down on his luck. Seahawks RB Stafon Johnson – who had the whole crushed larynx thing last year and the terrible leg injury/reconstructive surgery in the preseason – is possibly only a few weeks away from beginning to run.

- Carl Johnson, the league’s vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network on Wednesday that the officials blew the Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe touchdown catch/reversal from last Sunday. Yet, Vikings coach Brad Childress’ $35,000 fine will stand. No reversal on that.

- Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott might be in some trouble. With his job. Not with the law or anything.

- Armando Salguero thinks Sean Smith should be starting at CB instead of Jason Allen. He might get his wish this week.

- Cardinals QB Max Hall thinks he can be so much better than he played last week when he went (gasp) 4 for 16 for 36 yards and a pick. Arizona hopes so. Sounds like Hall is going to start this week, despite suffering a concussion last Sunday.

- Here’s how Cowboys WR Miles Austin is trying to correct his “drops” problem. By focusing more. That's a pretty good idea.

- Tampa Bay’s Cody Grimm will face off this week against his father, Russ Grimm. Well, Russ Grimm won’t be playing. He’s a coach now for the Cardinals. Hopefully, though, Cody can score a free dinner off his old man.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 12:33 am
Edited on: August 15, 2010 12:36 am
 

Stafon Johnson carted off with ankle injury

Stafon Johnson's recovery from a weight room incident that crushed his windpipe, vocal chords and adam's apple was nothing short of amazing. He went undrafted, but was signed by the Tennessee Titans immediately afterwards, and anyone who wasn't pulling for the kid doesn't have a heart.

Which is why watching him get carted off during the Seahawks-Titans game was so painful -- Johnson, on the final play of the third quarter, took a shovel pass from Rusty Smith and ended up in a nasty pile of Seahawk defenders, with his leg twisted up underneath him.

As the telecast resumed, Johnson was on the ground, surrounded by his teammates, coaches and trainers tending to an apparent ankle injury.

Particularly impressive was Pete Carrroll coming all the way over from the Seahawks side of the field to comfort the fr

The Titans huddled in a team prayer as Johnson, openly weeping, was loaded on a cart with an airbag around his ankle. The Seahawks fans stood and applauded as the cart wheeled into the locker room area.

Hopefully -- and it's probably a stretch -- Johnson will be able to return quickly and won't have suffered too tough an injury. The silver lining in this, however small, is that Johnson knows a thing or two about resilience under the duress of being injured.

Update (12:35): Per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean on Twitter , Johnson dislocated his right ankle. Yikes.

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Who wants to be a millionaire (30 times over)?

Even without his star RB Chris Johnson around because of a contract dispute, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said today the offensive backfield is “in good shape." Still, he didn’t rule out the possibility of adding a veteran running back to round out the unit. 

Though he declined to discuss his recent relationship with Johnson – who told ESPN Monday that he’d like to make $30-40 million in guaranteed money, as opposed to the $550,000 he’ll be paid this season – Fisher said that Javon Ringer has had a “real good offseason” (we detailed Ringer here Monday) while also praising Alvin Pearman and free agent rookies LeGarrette Blount and Stafon Johnson.

When asked if Johnson has fallen behind, Fisher basically said that was true. He hasn’t been conditioning with his teammates, and he hasn’t worked with new RB coach Kennedy Pola either. Not that it would take him much time to catch up and, theoretically, begin dominating the game again. But still, Fisher would like him around.

Told that Johnson wants to be paid at least $30 million, Fisher flashed a smile and said, “So would I.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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