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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. 

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25 Responses to “Chris Johnson absent from first Titans practice”
  1. mike428 says: Apr 27, 2010 1:58 PM

    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. Tcostant says: Apr 27, 2010 1:58 PM

    Show him the money. He’s earned it and more and they sent White packing.

  3. kazkal says: Apr 27, 2010 2:00 PM

    Good thing for Blount & the other running backs their gonna get plenty of snaps.

  4. HawgNSonsTV2 says: Apr 27, 2010 2:01 PM

    Why aren’t your videos HIGH DEFINITION?

  5. MooninLambeau says: Apr 27, 2010 2:02 PM

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

  6. bradleygator says: Apr 27, 2010 2:02 PM

    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.

  7. sdffa11 says: Apr 27, 2010 2:15 PM

    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.

  8. mzezulak says: Apr 27, 2010 2:18 PM

    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.

  9. HarrisonHits says: Apr 27, 2010 2:22 PM

    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.

  10. Youngone says: Apr 27, 2010 2:26 PM

    Maybe if he wasn’t so ugly he’d get endorsements.

  11. TheGooch says: Apr 27, 2010 2:26 PM

    I see ACL tears and concussions in his future and his career cut short

  12. shaggeez says: Apr 27, 2010 2:28 PM

    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.

  13. texansin2010 says: Apr 27, 2010 2:31 PM

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

  14. shannscott2000 says: Apr 27, 2010 2:33 PM

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

  15. trigzter says: Apr 27, 2010 3:17 PM

    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

  16. Adam says: Apr 27, 2010 3:21 PM

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

  17. Old School says: Apr 27, 2010 3:23 PM

    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.

  18. theonlyEAGLESfaniknow says: Apr 27, 2010 3:55 PM

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

  19. This is not news says: Apr 27, 2010 4:01 PM

    Skipping voluntary work is not much of a story.

  20. bills34 says: Apr 27, 2010 4:22 PM

    @ 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

  21. bills34 says: Apr 27, 2010 4:23 PM

    @ 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

  22. Ralph says: Apr 27, 2010 4:28 PM

    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?

  23. tx_tuff says: Apr 27, 2010 4:56 PM

    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.

  24. Bious says: Apr 27, 2010 6:48 PM

    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

  25. Amuzed2dth says: Apr 28, 2010 5:43 PM

    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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