Titans want to negotiate with Chris Johnson, but only in person

AP

The Titans and Chris Johnson have a problem.

Johnson won’t show up for work until he gets a new contract, and the Titans apparently won’t give him a new contract until he shows up for work.

Titans G.M. Mike Reinfeldt said Friday the team is willing to talk contract with Johnson, but he needs to be in camp for it to happen.

“It’s the right way to do it,” Reinfeldt said via Paul Kuharksy of ESPN.com’s AFC South blog.

Coach Mike Munchak did speak to Johnson to tell him how important he was to the team by phone on Thursday.

We’ll have to see who blinks first in this stare down. Ultimately, we’d be very surprised if Johnson doesn’t have a new contract before the season starts.