Chris Johnson absent from first Titans practice

Chris Johnson has skipped Tennessee’s offseason conditioning program thus far, which is the same thing he did last year before running for 2,000 yards. Fair enough.

On Tuesday, Johnson took his displeasure over his contract situation a step further.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports Johnson did not show for the first day of Organized Team Activities Tuesday.  He’s not expected to show up for a second practice later this week. 

Last year, Johnson was present for the Titans’ OTAs.  It’s uncertain if he’ll skip all voluntary work this offseason, but this is a story that could grow.

We’ve previously written that Johnson’s contract could become a problem, as the 30% rule and his status as a third-year player makes a deal unlikely. 

25 responses to “Chris Johnson absent from first Titans practice

  1. This looks like a holdout waiting to happen. Blount will end up getting a ton of carries in training camp if CJ does, in fact, hold out.

  2. have no worries- according to TWITTER, 2 hours ago Chris announced “Man dis workout feeling good I feel another 2k I’m telling you”

  3. Better pay this man. If teams want to ride backs until the wheels fall off and ditch them at age 28, only fair to pay them while they’re grinding out yards.

  4. why is it a problem IF ITS VOLUNTARY? if the owners and coaches want the players there, make it mandatory and stop playing the bad PR game.

  5. The titans are limited to a 30% increase however there is no restriction on signing bonus so in his case they should show him the money, he’s earned it. Plus it will help if the cap comes back, why didn’t his agent include performance escalators? RB’s have a short shelf life and tend to get screwed by teams because after the initial slotted contract they get tagged or resigned to one extension then the team doesn’t want to pay because they’re too close to thirty.

  6. This kid is a great player and a huge turd. If they give him a new contract now he’ll be bitching and crying for another new one 2 years from now. He will never stop complaining no matter what they pay him.

  7. while i can understand the plight of the runningback position with its short shelf life, he needs to buckle down and put in one more good year of production and then he’ll probably get his new contract.
    their hands are tied a bit with the 30% rule so I don’t exactly know what he’s going for right now other than pouting. plus, with his workload from last year i’d be curious to see how he will be this year. while he is the best player on team, he still needs to stop griping. they need to get the production out of him in these early years because saving the tread on his tires for some other team does them no good. he’s going to want to end up in some big market team down the road.

  8. No 2k when that boy Cushing lays your gold teeth ass out! TEXANS SWEEP the Titans!
    White-Mike!

  9. I agree bradleygator. If he plays this year, and tears an acl, he’ll never get a big contract. Hold out Chris! Hold Out!

  10. teams want a new rookie pay scale….yet when someone like chris johnson performs the way he did, they arent willing to reward him? and people wonder why a cba might not be reached

  11. REX DON’T BRING HIM TO THE JETS! PLEASE, WE HAVE ENOUGH EGOS! REX DON’T BRING HIM TO THE JETS!
    That’s all.

  12. If he’s unhappy with his contract, he should talk to the dumb ass that signed it. Maybe next time he’ll negotiate a one year deal in case -in his mind- he outperforms it.
    Gotta love these self adoring morons.

  13. @trigzter, perhaps the best quick summation of the problems being faced between the league and the players.

  14. @ Harrison Hits
    “This kid is a great player and a huge turd. If they give him a new contract now he’ll be bitching and crying for another new one 2 years from now. He will never stop complaining no matter what they pay him.”
    this is not true… he just wants to make his money while he is in his prime. As a whole i dont really like when players hold out, but in this case and in most RB cases they are used and abused more than your mom did in college, and he is just trying to get paid accordingly. PAY DA MAN

  15. @ Harrison Hits
    “This kid is a great player and a huge turd. If they give him a new contract now he’ll be bitching and crying for another new one 2 years from now. He will never stop complaining no matter what they pay him.”
    this is not true… he just wants to make his money while he is in his prime. As a whole i dont really like when players hold out, but in this case and in most RB cases they are used and abused more than your mom did in college, and he is just trying to get paid accordingly. PAY DA MAN

  16. RB has just about the shortest shelf life in the NFL. He should get whatever he can, when he can. It doesn’t matter to me, why should it matter to anyone else?

  17. He has played two years!! His rookie year was good, but Steve Slaton had more total yards. So that just goes to show what can happen, Slaton sucked ass last year. So with Johnson, good rookie year, great 2nd year, now do it one more time to get the money. His is under contract that he signed, and he is acting like a ass. I wouldn’t even talk to him about a contract extension if I was the Titans.

  18. I get it. He is the best RB in the NFL and wants to get paid as such before he hits the famous wall which could happen in 1-2 years if he gets a LOT of carries
    The Titans better pay him or else he will rip off another great season and leave

  19. Perhaps all that talk about “getting him 2000”, being a team goal, should be change to get out of the first round as a team goal, or at least make the playoffs?

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