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Tag:Tennessee Titans
Posted on: July 7, 2010 8:58 pm
 

More on the possible Chris Johnson solution

Yesterday we posted that Chris Johnson’s holdout in Tennessee could be coming to an end sooner than later. In a report by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, it sounds like any deal Johnson and the Titans agree to would be a short-term fix. Here’s what could shake out:

Under the terms of the five-year, $12 million contract he signed prior to his rookie season, Johnson has reached escalators in the deal that could pay him up to an additional $2.5 million in salary in 2012. The Titans could turn that money into a signing bonus in 2010, and combine it with his scheduled base salary of $550,000 for this fall.

Players earn escalators by reaching individual and team goals as part of a contract, and, unlike incentives that are paid out at the end of a season, they’re attached to future salaries. While such a move wouldn’t provide a big pay raise like Johnson wants, it would get him some additional funds now, with the hope of getting a long-term deal after next season.

The Titans haven’t been able to give Johnson the long-term deal he desires because of the uncapped year’s 30 percent rule. The Titans aren’t willing (or able) to pony up the necessary lump sum signing bonus that would be needed to make Johnson’s contract legal and satisfactory.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 8:57 am
Edited on: July 6, 2010 9:00 am
 

Chris Johnson's holdout could end soon

An NFL Network blog says, “The animosity between RB Chris Johnson and the Titans is beginning to thaw. (Mike) Lombardi believes a long-term deal will be done by the time training camp starts later this month.”C.Johnson (US Presswire)

Johnson has been staging a very public holdout this offseason, protesting his $550,000 base salary for 2010. Johnson denied being seen working out at the Titan Baptist Sports Park facilities last week, though Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean says sources confirmed Johnson’s presence. (Most members of the Titans organization were on vacation at the time.)

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:11 am
 

The other side of the McNair story

If you have some time today, read ESPN.com writer Elizabeth Merrill’s profile of Sahel Kazemi, the 20-year-old who police said shot and killed former Tennessee QB Steve McNair on July 4, 2009 before turning the gun on herself.

Good reporting, good details, good writing.

Kazemi is the villain in this act, murdering the hero quarterback (there’s at least one former police officer, though, who believes she wasn’t the killer). But Kazemi and her family have their own story, and Merrill tells it well.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 10:17 am
 

Does McNair deserve a statue?

Tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of Steve McNair’s murder. Here’s one of the more interesting ideas you’ll read this offseason. It comes from Clay Travis from FanHouse: S.McNair (US Presswire)

Yet, as the city of Nashville approaches the one-year anniversary of the death, there is no public remembrance of McNair, an athlete who was beloved unlike any other in city history. That's why the question has to be asked, would it be appropriate for the city and the Titans to construct a statue of McNair outside LP Field?

Of course, the idea is complicated by the manner in which McNair died, murdered by a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair. Had the 36-year-old McNair died in a car accident, for instance, or in any manner that did not involve a criminal investigation, it's likely that a statue would have already been commissioned.

That’s because McNair's performance on the field, while not quite Hall of Fame worthy, certainly justifies a statue when you consider his MVP status, his Super Bowl appearance, and, most importantly, the way his grace and humility came to define pro athletics in a city that had never had pro athletes before.

Of this excerpt, the third paragraph may actually be most controversial. McNair was a hearty player, but a statue? The Bears wouldn’t even put a statue of Walter Payton outside of Soldier Field.


--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:51 pm
 

Where did Chris Johnson work out this week?

Strangely, there’s a bit of a controversy about whether Tennessee RB Chris Johnson – who didn’t participate with his teammates at all in the offseason – was spotted at the Titans complex this week.

Pro Football Talk, citing sources, said Johnson had worked out at Baptist Sports Park, Tennessee’s facility. Johnson, while recording a Ustream video (you’ll have to wade through about 11 1/2 minutes before he addresses the workouts in question), denied that, claimed he was in Florida and said he hadn’t been to Nashville since his youth football camp.

But Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean , citing sources, wrote Johnson, in fact, had been at the Titans complex.

Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s weird that Johnson would deny this if it’s true.

As an aside, somebody also asked Johnson if the Titans would win the Super Bowl this year. Johnson said, “You have to ask the people upstairs about that …” (Ah, obviously referring to the God in which he believes) … “in the Tennessee organization.” Wait. Say what? Strange.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Simms' lawyer makes a defense

Chris Simms’ defense on being arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana ? Um, he was smoking … um … tobacco cigarettes. Yep, yep, that’s the ticket.

C. Simms during an offseason workout with Tennessee (AP). This, from Nathan Semmel, Simms’ attorney, who told the New York Post that there were two unnamed passengers in the backseat of the car Simms was driving and perhaps they – and not Simms – were the reason the car smelled like pot. According to police, the Titans quarterback said he had been smoking marijuana. His wife, eight months pregnant, was in the passenger seat next to him.

"Witnesses will also corroborate that he never smoked marijuana in the car that day. It is absurd to think . . . he would ever drive in any condition intoxicated while his wife was eight months pregnant," Semmel told the Post. “There is nothing in his record whatsoever that suggests he would be that reckless."

Simms declined comment.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Chris Simms arrested in NYC

The New York Post is reporting that Titans quarterback Chris Simms was arrested in New York City for driving while under the influence of marijuana. From The Post:

Simms, 29, of Nashville, was stopped while driving his 2009 Mercedes Benz through an NYPD Manhattan South Task Force checkpoint on W. Houston Street at 1:35 a.m., according to a source.

Simms reeked of marijuana and admitted to officers he had smoked earlier in the car, a source said.

He also had red eyes, flushed face and slurred speech, sources added.

Simms spent this morning getting booked and awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by marijuana.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Watch out for that hole in the ground

If you thought the Titans’ hopes for a playoff run were sinking into the ground, you might be right. Kind of. In a literal way.

The Tennessean today writes about the 20 to 30-foot wide sinkhole that’s developed just outside LP Field. The hole, first noticed a few days after the massive flooding in the city about two months ago, is about four feet deep and is covered by a tarp. It sits about 40 feet away from the playing surface.

"It's been almost two months since it showed itself and we're working with Metro Water for some guidance on how to fix it," Robbie Bohren, director of media relations, told the newspaper. "It's not a hazard for fans coming to the stadium, and the sinkhole is not growing in size at this point, so it's just a matter of finding a final resolution."

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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