Titans coach Jeff Fisher says 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson is getting ahead of himself when it comes to wanting a new contract.
“It’s way too premature to say we have any intention of doing anything for C.J.,” Fisher said Thursday. ”Everybody wants more money. … And we can all understand why he wants more money. He had a record-breaking year…but he has also made a commitment to us as we have to him.”
Ironically, Johnson does a pretty good job of explaining why the Titans are in no rush to give him a raise.
“If I get so many carries or anything like that, a running back doesn’t play for as many years and a lot of times you don’t have time to play a whole contract out,” he said. ”So you’ve got to get it when you can.”
The problem is, despite his monster ’09 campaign, Johnson has little leverage. The Titans have also historically not addressed players’ deals until contract years. C.J. has a long way to go before then.
Johnson would also be more of a team player if he encouraged the Titans to use their funds on upgrading a secondary that was routinely gashed throughout last season.