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Kevin Kolb extension raises stakes for Titans, Chris Johnson

News of the one-year contract extension given by the Eagles to quarterback Kevin Kolb could be bad news for the Titans, who currently have the 2009 offensive player of the year under contract for three more years.

Chris Johnson has been staying away from offseason workouts.  He wants a big raise, and we don’t expect him to show up for the T-shirts-and-shorts workout until he gets one.  (There’s also a chance that he won’t show up for training camp, either, despite the very large daily fines that will apply.)

For now, the Titans are unfazed.  “He is under contact, and I am concerned about the players that are
here
, not the ones that are not,” coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  “I would love
for everybody to be here.  I don’t think you can substitute outside the
building the workload that we get done here.  It is obvious and has been
documented over the years but there’s always exceptions and I hope that
C.J. is taking good care of himself while he is not here. . . .

“Obviously they are taking advice from their agent,” Fisher said as to Johnson and two other players who aren’t participating in the offseason program, tight end Bo Scaife and linebacker Stephen Tulloch.  “So
it is what it is. . . .  I am not going to get into negotiations right now.  Hopefully we can get things worked out.”

Unlike Kolb, who was entering the last year of his contract, Johnson is signed for three more seasons.  Getting him paid a fair amount in light of the 30-percent rule will require a lot of creativity — and/or a lot of money paid out up front. 

Until then, the only place that the Titans will see C.J. will be in the highlight reels from his first two NFL seasons.

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31 Responses to “Kevin Kolb extension raises stakes for Titans, Chris Johnson”
  1. marktg30 says: Apr 29, 2010 4:07 PM

    For the love of god… Why don’t the Titans PAY THE MAN?!?!?!
    sign him for 4 years and let him go.

  2. Otis Taylor 89 says: Apr 29, 2010 4:07 PM

    Titans should let him sit – they aren’t going to win anything this year anyway.

  3. robigd says: Apr 29, 2010 4:07 PM

    As a Jags fan. Stay away CJ!

  4. tre_fizzle says: Apr 29, 2010 4:08 PM

    all he wants is guaranteed money anyways. Why not give him a short term extension like the Kolb deal and make most of it signing bonus? He’s got to understand (the agents do) the rules in the uncapped year.

  5. SteelCurtnDee says: Apr 29, 2010 4:13 PM

    Coach’s dream my ass

  6. Doctor Doom says: Apr 29, 2010 4:13 PM

    Wish they did a T-shirts-and-shorts workout at my employer.

  7. Cincinnasty says: Apr 29, 2010 4:14 PM

    Until then, the only place that the Titans will see C.J. will be in the highlight reels from his first two NFL seasons.
    ______
    This is Chad Johnson all over again.. And when it come down to it he showed up .. He knew he couldn’t afford to sit out.. That mean’s loss of production and money on a daily basis and losing any chance you have at getting a bigger contract… Chad said “I might be arrogant but I’m not stupid” when showing up for camp.. CJ will do the same if he has any brain’s… Which to be honest is a whole other topic in it’s own.. He doesn’t come off as the brighest and I’d say one of these day’s he’s going to knock your “Days without an arrest meter” down to zero..

  8. Hauschild says: Apr 29, 2010 4:15 PM

    Does it really matter if CJ returns? The Titans’ offense is abysmal without CJ, and bad with him.

  9. e.henry says: Apr 29, 2010 4:20 PM

    Good let the primadonna sit. I wish both Blount and Stephon Johnson the best of success this season and lets see how much C.J. is worth on the market after sitting out a season.

  10. Karl says: Apr 29, 2010 4:26 PM

    Hey Chris Johnson, if they do give you a huge payday and you don’t perform are you gonna refund the money? This is a business matter, and the Titans deserve to profit from their investment, just as you would profit if you had received a more lucrative contract in the first place.
    You signed the contract, now honor it. Spoiled little bitch.

  11. NinerNation says: Apr 29, 2010 4:27 PM

    I bet they could get a lot for him if they traded him now…

  12. AllThat says: Apr 29, 2010 4:34 PM

    Pay The Predator..
    I don’t want to see any CJ interviews either. The dude cannot speak.

  13. Marv_Sleezy says: Apr 29, 2010 4:34 PM

    They should sign him 1 week before game 1. He doesn’t need training camp – And they have to keep him fresh early in the season by limiting his carries anyway.

  14. Leto_II says: Apr 29, 2010 4:35 PM

    Has anyone ever seen CJ and listened to him talk? He may as well be Pacman Jones’ long lost coz-in. I’ll bet money that sooner or later, he’ll be in the headlines for the wrong reasons:
    DWI/DUI
    Busted for marijuana possession
    Illegal gun possession
    Makin it rain at da scrip club and causin a riot
    Failing to pay child support
    Domestic violence
    Did I miss anything?

  15. leftcoastnative says: Apr 29, 2010 4:42 PM

    Where in this league does the player and the agent take responsibility for the contract to which they not only negotiated but also agreed? It is not like the club held a gun to the head of the player or the agent and forced them to agree to the terms. For every player who whines about a contract, there is HIS agent who did the negotiations and the player himself who agreed to the terms.

  16. 60eagles says: Apr 29, 2010 4:43 PM

    He signed a damn 5 year $12,000,000.00 contract in 2008. Just honor the damn contract you moron. Who the hell do you think you are. Your just out of college stupid. Yes, you had a hell of year year in 2009 but you still have 3 years remaining on your contract. Honor it, ass hole.

  17. CYGNUS X-1 says: Apr 29, 2010 4:46 PM

    for once I hope a team stands their ground.he signed now honor it!I am pretty sure had they given you a bigger one and you had not performed you would not be giving any of it back right?oh and what about your signing bonus that was guaranteed?it never ceases to amaze how about how they bitch and moan about contracts not being guarnateed but forget about the bonus money they get up front for signing the contract.

  18. Dokford says: Apr 29, 2010 5:00 PM

    its funny how everybody always tells the player to “honor your contract.” You guys are clowns. The NFL teams dont honor the contracts so why should the players. Teams CUT players all the time before their contract is up. Yes, it is a business, it works both ways.

  19. realloislane says: Apr 29, 2010 5:19 PM

    AlthoughI don’t care for players to hold out, I don’t know WHO deserves a pay increase more than CJ. The new corner bought on is making as much…these are the instances when franchises adjust contracts b/c like Kolb, the situation changed and this is a vote of confidence based on what he has done.
    WHAT IS LAUGHABLE is you Gatorade boys with about as much athleticism as an 89 yr old granny get on blog and disrespect the very people you cheer for on Sundays…screaming as they bolt down the sideline.
    WHO’S THE BIGGER FOOL??
    Why would you “predict” that he have an arrest record?? If I come to the gutter when you live, should I assume u spit chew, sleep with your sister and your mom runs a meth lab??
    As for CJ’s communication, sure he’s not JFK, but the Titans don’t pay him to be so you go back to your lonely, racist world and wait for next season so Bud can’t get your money, pay CJ, and he can ball out on your cash.

  20. Rob A says: Apr 29, 2010 5:20 PM

    Let’s have Anydy Reid interview him and see if he really loves the game–if Andy thinks he loves the gmae–IAW the CBA pay the man whatver you can.

  21. SprintPhoneFTW says: Apr 29, 2010 5:21 PM

    Note to teams:
    When your RB is sitting around 1900 yards rushing on the season…with 1 game to go…’rest’ him. It don’t matter whether you’re pushing for the playoffs or not.
    Otherwise, you end up with egomaniac headcases like this.
    2K = bad news

  22. Perception=Reality says: Apr 29, 2010 5:21 PM

    Dokford says:
    April 29, 2010 5:00 PM
    its funny how everybody always tells the player to “honor your contract.” You guys are clowns. The NFL teams dont honor the contracts so why should the players. Teams CUT players all the time before their contract is up. Yes, it is a business, it works both ways.
    Exactly! Shouldn’t the Ravens “honor” the contract they negotiated with Adalius Thomas, or Jacksonville with Henderson, Bucs with Hovan?? Players do not have a choice as to the length of their contract when they first come into the league. They should absolutely have the ability to renegotiate if they outperform their contract. On the flip side, teams should also have the same ability if said player does not live up to it.

  23. realloislane says: Apr 29, 2010 5:25 PM

    Although don’t care for players to hold out, I don’t know WHO deserves a pay increase more than CJ. The new corner bought on is making as much…these are the instances when franchises adjust contracts b/c like Kolb, the situation changed and this is a vote of confidence. CJ has proven his worth, Kolb hasn’t.
    WHAT IS LAUGHABLE is you Gatorade/water boys with about as much athleticism as an 89 yr old granny get on blogs and disrespect the very people you cheer for on Sundays…screaming as they bolt down the sideline.
    WHO’S THE BIGGER FOOL??
    Why would you “predict” that he have an arrest record?? If I come to the gutter when you live, should I assume u spit chew, sleep with your sister and your mom runs a meth lab??
    As for CJ’s communication, sure he’s not JFK, but the Titans don’t pay him to be so you go back to your lonely, racist world and wait for next season so Bud can’t get your money, pay CJ, and he can ball out on your cash dumba$$.

  24. wwwhitney says: Apr 29, 2010 5:28 PM

    CJ just came off arguably the best ever season for a RB (yeah he didn’t break the single season rushing record but he DESTROYED the single season yards from scrimmage record). The man clearly should get paid, he is unquestionably one of the top 3 RB’s in the NFL. Yeah, he signed a contract which he essentially had no control over due to the way the draft works. I
    And to you jerks who think he’s destined for a jail cell any day now, CJ has never been arrested in the NFL or college. He has done nothing during his tenure as a Titan that would indicate that we should expect anything else from him in the future.
    In conclusion: pay the man because he is incredible. Go Titans.

  25. Richard says: Apr 29, 2010 5:33 PM

    He is under contract! He and the team agreed to the terms and conditions of his employment. He should abide by what he agreed to. If I were the Titans I would sticj with what’s agreed to until possibly the final year then enter into negotiations. This is a business.

  26. tx_tuff says: Apr 29, 2010 5:40 PM

    Man I love Jeff Fisher “He is under contact, and I am concerned about the players that are here, not the ones that are not,”!
    I wouldn’t give him another nickel! Let him become a team player and then they can work on a new contract. All he cares about is himself! Sure thats all a lot of people care about but at least act like you give a shit about the team and fans!

  27. Jintsbowl says: Apr 29, 2010 5:51 PM

    Average life span of an NFL player….55 years old.
    They should get paid for giving up 20+ years of their life to a franchise who will be around much much longer.
    Not too mention his your biggest asset….he’ll make a good chunk of the $$$ you pay him just by being on the field, getting endorsements, showing up places in Titans gear, etc.
    People don’t realize what kind of damage this sport does on a persons organs. Say they get $20 mill for 7 years of work….most don’t come close but just for arguments sake. How much money do you think he’ll make after those 7 years?? ZERO, so while making 20 mill in a lifetime is good, but it’s not great….it’s not going to secure his grand kids.
    Also…on a different note,
    The NFL should require these guys to have financial planners once they get in the league to help them with retirement….

  28. Bious says: Apr 29, 2010 6:11 PM

    The Titans should be bending over backwards to give CJ whatever he wants
    CJ will be carrying the ball out the butt the next few years and deserves to be paid like the player he is….there is no guarantee that he will still be able to run the ball in a few years if his workload is still so high
    So why not get paid now? We know he is one of the NFL’s best
    Pay the man

  29. NoseBleedFan says: Apr 29, 2010 6:43 PM

    “You know what I’m sayin’?”….
    -A Running Back In Tennessee

  30. Eagles2SB says: Apr 29, 2010 7:10 PM

    The reason he wants to get paid is because he knows the formula for running backs in the NFL.
    Drafted in first round (outside of Top 10) at age 22, so the team will only will be offering him a five year contract.
    When he is 27 and is contract expires, franchise tag him for the next two years to take him to 29, which by that time he will be done, or close to it.
    Where as a running back drafted outside of the first round can only be signed to a lower amount of years (years decrease the lower pick you are), so they can make more money since a team can’t just franchise them over and over and over after the initial contract expires.

  31. BeezAtUT says: Apr 30, 2010 7:30 AM

    I love Chris Johnson. Love him.
    However, if the Titans had not “reached” on him in the first round, he wouldn’t even be making as much as he is due to make this year.
    Do I think they’ll extend him in the next year or two? Yes.
    Do I think they’ll shakeup his contact with three years left on it? No.

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