Tag:Kenny Britt
Posted on: August 31, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Report: Positive movement between Johnson, Titans

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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Posted on: August 27, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Report: NFL also declines to suspend Kenny Britt

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Roger Goodell isn’t going to suspend Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib for his lockout transgressions from the offseason, then it stands to reason Goodell won’t (can’t?) suspend Titans receiver Kenny Britt.

And according to the New York Times’ Judy Battista, that’s exactly what has happened, citing the league in saying that Britt will face no discipline either.

After meeting with Goodell earlier this week, Britt had this to say: “He asked me questions about certain situations and I told him what happened.  I think it went well. I hope so. I have a smile on my face, I am still breathing. So everything is good.

“I'm still hoping nothing happens to me.”

At the time, I thought that analysis was a little ridiculous. Now it appears Britt was spot-on.

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Posted on: August 27, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Dominik says Aqib Talib will not be suspended



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If there are two things we thought we knew heading into the regular season it was that Cam Newton is going to start Carolina’s season opener and that Titans receiver Kenny Britt and Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib would be suspended to start the year.

So much for the latter point.

Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik tonight told Buccaneers Radio Network (via the team’s official Twitter feed), that Talib would not be suspended for his alleged off-field incident.

Which, obviously, is great news for Talib, who will face a trial next March for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, and the Buccaneers -- who get to play immediately with one of the top corners in the NFL.

This news is surprising for two reasons: 1) we told you Friday about the report that said team employees expected a four-game suspension for Talib, especially since he’s repeatedly gotten himself in trouble throughout his career; 2) it was thought all along that commissioner Roger Goodell would dole out punishment for NFL players’  transgressions that occurred during the lockout.

Talib, along with Britt, met with Goodell in New York last week, and apparently, that meeting went well. Now, we wait for the decision on Britt. It’ll be extra interesting to see how Goodell deals with Britt because, while he’s had about three times as many arrests this offseason as Talib, his alleged incidents combined don’t equal the seriousness of what Talib is facing.

And what to make of Goodell’s no-suspension call? Could he actually be listening to reason and common sense and NOT punishing players who got in trouble during a time when the owners made sure those players were unemployed this offseason?

It’s still unclear, of course, but the Talib decision sets a very interesting precedent.

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Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Report: Talib can expect a four-game suspension

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week -- the same day as Titans receiver Kenny Britt -- Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib can expect a suspension of four games to open the season.

Talib's Timeline
That’s the word from Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole, who also details Tampa's decision on whether to keep Talib after his arrest this offseason for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (he allegedly pistol-whipped his sister’s boyfriend and then fired gunshots at him; his trial is set for next year).

Originally, it seemed clear the Buccaneers were going to rid themselves of Talib after the lockout was over, but Cole writes that coach Raheem Morris “begged ownership to give the player another chance.”

There’s little question Talib is a talent, maybe one of the better cornerbacks in the NFC. But he’s also gotten into fights with teammates and repeatedly found himself targeted by the commissioner’s office. The Buccaneers could live with a four-game suspension, but at some point, it’s a very real possibility they’ll lose him for an entire year if he continues his transgressions.

Obviously, it won’t matter how much talent Talib has if Goodell won’t allow him to play.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 7:13 am
 

Titans, Chris Johnson end meeting without deal

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Tuesday, Titans running back Chris Johnson was headed to Nashville to meet with the organization, ostensibly to discuss a new contract. As for what he was expecting, Johnson was both cryptic and pragmatic, tweeting "Could get better or worst."

Well, according to reports, the two sides have gone their separate ways Wednesday afternoon, no deal has been announced, and no update given as to the status of Johnson's ongoing holdout. Neither Johnson nor his agent Joel Segal, or Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt, were immediately available for comment, the Associated Press reported.

This is the latest chapter in a saga that has dragged on since training camps began in late July. Johnson hinted during the offseason that he wanted a new contract, and two weeks ago Reinfeldt announced that the team was willing to make Johnson the league's "highest-paid running back." He'd just need Johnson to show up to camp and negotiations would proceed from there.

Seemed reasonable except that Johnson wanted to be one of the NFL's highest-paid players. And even after a face-to-face meeting Wednesday, the impasse continues.

We've argued that Tennessee shouldn't pay Johnson. Not because he's not a great player, but because running backs are fungible. In the Titans' last preseason game, Jamie Harper rushed for 83 yards on 11 carries, and Stafon Johnson added 68 yards on 11 carries.

Chris Johnson's Holdout

While we shouldn't make too much of one preseason game, there are countless examples from the regular season, too. Willie Parker, Chris Ivory and Arian Foster immediately come to mind as undrafted backs who got opportunities after players ahead of them were injured.

It's rare that a player holding out for more money has leverage over the team, but the Titans have a rookie quarterback in Jake Locker (though Matt Hasselbeck will likely start the season under center) who will need all the help he can get. And there's the very real chance that the league suspends wide receiver Kenny Britt, Tennessee's second-biggest offensive weapon.

Whether it's enough to force the Titans' hand is another story, especially since the team -- with Johnson on the field -- won six games in 2010 and eight games the year before.

And if he does return before the regular season? Head coach Mike Munchak says Johnson can't just show up and expect 30 touches a game

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Britt says he'll find out punishment this week

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It was a long, unruly offseason for Kenny Britt -- you know, the arrests, the court appearances and the “Facebook hacking” -- and today, he met with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to tell him about his summer-long excellent adventure (or his bogus journey, depending on how you feel about Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter).

Britt's Summer of Discontent
And once he returned to Nashville’s airport, Britt told the Tennessean everything went well.

“He didn’t scold me or anything. He was happy -- not happy that I was in there for those situations -- but he’s a nice type of guy, a very likable guy,’’ Britt said. “We’ll find out sometime later this week what he decides to do.”

Whether you agree with Goodell or think he should let bygones be bygones, it seems pretty likely that Britt will face some kind of suspension for his activities this summer – even though I agree with CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson when he writes that it’s “ludicrous” that Goodell can suspend a player when there was no CBA and when the players were prevented from coming to work by the owners.

But even so, Britt tries to remain positive.

“He asked me questions about certain situations and I told him what happened,’’ Britt told the newspaper. “I think it went well. I hope so. I have a smile on my face, I am still breathing. So everything is good.

“I'm still hoping nothing happens to me.”

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Talib, Britt to meet with Goodell Tuesday



Posted by Ryan Wilson

For all the wrong reasons, Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt had busy offseasons. And now both players will meet this week with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss possible disciplinary measures for violations to the league's personal-conduct policy.

In May, Talib was indicted by a grand jury for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (He later blamed his mother.) The trial was moved to next spring, and Talib now says he's ready to move on with the season (although Goodell will probably have something to say about that).

Britt, meanwhile, was arrested a day after a court appearance, and blamed hackers for disparaging remarks about Goodell that showed up on his Facebook page.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Talib and Britt will be at the league offices in Manhattan on Tuesday to talk to Goodell, and a "lengthy" fine could be in both their futures. Schefter adds that Talib's attorneys "are convinced they have a sound defense that will appease the NFL and could help save their client."

Apparently, Talib's attorney's aren't familiar with Goodell and his knack for arbitrarily handing out punishments.  And that leads us to this: expect to hear complaints that Goodell shouldn't discipline players for infractions that happened during the lockout.

We agree, it's ludicrous. But so is granting one man the power to serve as judge, jury and executioner, which is exactly what happened with the new collective bargaining agreement.

Titans' union rep Jake Scott told ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky that the NFLPA would challenge any sanctions levied by Goodell.

"I'm still a big believer that the league should have any authority to discipline guys for things that ... happened while there was no CBA," he said. "There was a separation agreement issued from the teams to the players, which means we what it means: It means, 'We don't want anything to do with you.' "To me, nothing means nothing."

Britt, meanwhile, is optimistic that he'll avoid punishment.

"We'll have a sit-down, talk over what happened, see where our minds are at, see where I am at and see what happens from there," Britt told Kuharsky Monday. " ... I'm being hopeful that nothing happens to me. I plan on being real. I was brought up to be a man of his word, a man who takes up for his actions and things like that. That's how my father raised me up and that's how I will go in there tomorrow."

Given Goodell's history, we'd be just as surprised with lifetime suspensions for Britt and Talib as $50 fines. 

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 3:56 pm
 

NFL punishment of Kenny Britt 'is pending'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Despite the four-month lockout, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt kept plenty busy this offseason. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with football and everything to do with running afoul of the law. Getting arrested a day after a court appearance had to be the lowlight. And for sheer comedy value, nothing beat the "I didn't say those things about the NFL Commissioner -- my Facebook page was hacked!" incident.

Britt was so regularly in trouble that there was speculation that commissioner Roger Goodell would punish him after the lockout ended. There were concerns that Goodell didn't have the authority to punish Britt, who wasn't apart of the NFL at the time (the owners had locked the players out, and the NFLPA had disbanded).

Now that order has been restored, a new collective bargaining agreement signed, and training camps and preseason games underway, the NFL may revisit Britt's offseason misadventures.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Terry McCormick of TitanInsider that potential league discipline regarding Britt “is pending" and that the matter is still on the table.

On Thursday, Britt told McCormick that he has yet to hear from the commissioner but is expecting a call. “I'm waiting for my agent or somebody to text me or call me that I have to come and talk to somebody," Britt said. "That's what I'm waiting for. I think I'll have to (Goodell). I'm waiting if it's pending. My agent was telling me to stand by and wait for some paperwork, but the only paperwork that's come is my Nike contract.”

Good news on the Nike contract, not-so-good news on potential impending punishments.

But as PFT's Mike Florio points out Friday morning, "The idea that the league could impose discipline on players for things happening away from work at a time when they weren’t permitted to go to work falls beyond any bounds of fairness, logic, and common sense."

(Related: Steelers linebacker James Harrison faced a similar fate for comments he made about the commissioner during the lockout, although he wasn't punished.)

We mentioned it several times Thursday in light of the NFL's decision to make Terrelle Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft: This is what happens when you give one person -- in this case Goodell -- the power to make decisions regarding on- and off-field discipline. He has a history of arbitrarily meting out sanctions, and in that sense, no one should be surprised by anything he might do.

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