Don’t count on seeing Chris Johnson before August 9

Reuters

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson has reported for work, a day before the deadline for earning a fourth year of service toward free agency.

That has caused some to speculate that Titans running Chris Johnson, who also is a holdout, will do the same thing in order to earn his own fourth year of service toward free agency.

Don’t count on it.

Barring a dramatic development, entailing something like a new contract or a clear commitment to providing one, Johnson won’t be showing up.  The difference between Johnson and Jackson arises from the length of their contracts.  Jackson enters the fourth and final year of his rookie deal; Johnson has two years left.  Thus, even if Johnson gets a fourth year of service for free agency purposes this year, he still won’t be a free agent until March 2013.

As long as Johnson shows up by Week 10 of the 2011 regular season (which would get him credit for the fourth year of his contract), he’ll remain on track to be an unrestricted free agent when he otherwise would be an unrestricted free agent.

That said, we wouldn’t necessarily count on Johnson showing up by Week 10, either.  He’s drawing a line in the sand this year, and he’s far and away the best player the Titans have.  After paying nearly $9 million this year (we’re told) for veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Bud Adams and company will need to dig even deeper to ensure that Hasselbeck has someone in the backfield to draw a safety or two toward the line of scrimmage.

40 responses to “Don’t count on seeing Chris Johnson before August 9

  1. Hate seeing guys holdout just to get injured after they come back and try to go 100% without warming up in practices.

  2. Running back. Most dime a dozen position in the league.

    Don’t get me wrong, CJ2K is damn good….but it’s not like the Titans are going to be ten times worse without him, lol.

  3. They need to pay him already. He is in the Top 3 RB’s in the league and he has outplayed his contract every season. The Titans organization needs to learn how to deal with contract situations. We all remember the Steve McNair lockout.

  4. i would hate to see him hold out all the way into the season and mess up his career numbers.

    i would really like to see how long he can continue having 1000+ yard seasons and if he can quite possibly break the rushing record again.

  5. Do teams HAVE to let the players come back at week 10 to get a year towards free agency? Would be funny to see a team give a player the old F you you missed most of the season and have to play the whole year to make it count.

  6. Ordinarily I would say one should honor their contract. But I’m going w the player on this one, cause he’s so damn good.

    …But then again, he was a first round pick, so they must have fleeced him on that first contract. That’s his fault or his agents

  7. CJ should hold out until he gets his new contract, it’s not worth the injury risk to play out this season, unless it actually gets to week 10. then he could do the same thing next season.

  8. Strike an agreement with the Titans to report but not participate in anything but meetings, walkthroughs, and conditioning drills. They’ve kind of put that on the table already, based on what Reinfeldt said on Saturday.

    If that doesn’t jumpstart the talks and get some real negotiations going, CJ could always pull a Finnegan and bolt camp again, right?

    Don’t see the downside to giving that “report but don’t practice” a try. It puts the pressure back on the Titans since they’re the ones saying CJ just has to be here and then they can talk contract.

  9. They should just pay him and get it over with. They’re bound to lose anyway. Johnson is the best player on the team and is getting paid relatively nothing.

  10. He’s a one hit wonder. Lots of speed, lots of potential, but lots of ego, lots of bad attitude, and lots of really bad hair. Milli Vanilli wanna be. The guy is a joke. Let him hold out and sit at home all season. I won’t care one bit.

  11. Imagine if your employer told you to show up for work tomorrow and he’d discuss a mammoth raise and huge cash bonus.
    You’d show up and so would I.
    Time to show up, Chris…

  12. “he’ll remain on track to be an unrestricted free agent when he otherwise would be an unrestricted free agent”

    What?

  13. He’s a one hit wonder. Lots of speed, lots of potential, but lots of ego, lots of bad attitude, and lots of really bad hair. Milli Vanilli wanna be. The guy is a joke. Let him hold out and sit at home all season. I won’t care one bit
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    Yea a one hit wonder…3 years in a row. You’re argument is a joke, and so are you

  14. Let him rot and move on. He is good and underpaid but no player should be able to extort their employer for millions. Where will all the fans in his camp be if he gets a monster deal and then decides to halfass it for a while? Like I said, he is good and he is underpaid but holding out every year is getting old

  15. How is he a one hit wonder after three straight 1000 yard seasons?

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    1000 yards isn’t what it used to be. Just like 2000 won’t mean much when we go to a 18 game schedule. Between the extra 2 games and rules benefitting offenses…

  16. It’s three straight 1200 yard seasons, actually. The only year he didn’t break 1300 was when he was still a rookie and Lendale White was siphoning all those redzone carries.

  17. wow they paid a guy who is clearly on the downside of his career $9 mill, lol okay. And you wonder why CJ is pissed.

  18. TurdSandwich has it right. Go practice and be with your teammates. Pretend it’s not all about the money, even though we all know it is and are OK with that.

    Staying away does not give you maximum leverage with ownership, Titans fans(?) or the media. Where are the smart people who work for CJ? Why don’t they get him saying and doing the right things.

    Still, it’s early and like most crap things don’t happen until the last possible moment.

  19. Tennessee lost there minds this has to be one of the dumbest teams in history! You here the dumb ass media on sports talk shows saying how great it is they got rid of VY! They should have kept the media out of there business and kept there coach and there qb. If I was Bud I would be damned if they had a field day on things that go on in my locker room! Bud pull your head out if your ass and salvage you’re running back!

  20. I’m all for players respecting their contracts, but this is a very special case. This is a player that is completely outplaying his contract at a position which is notorious for shorter than average careers, as a result of higher than average physical punishment. Pay the man.

    He is by far the best player on that team. He is one of the best in the league and his highlights bring a metric sh#t ton of publicity to the Titans and the NFL. Pay the man.

    The rookie pay scale should have freed up a shed load of money that they would have had to pay to a totally unproven quarterback. This is exactly the reason why the players agreed to it. So that money could be redirected to proven players. Pay the man.

    On the most practical of levels. One of the things that primate studies have revealed is that we all share one thing, an innate sense of fairness. Humans, chimps and monkeys: if the there is one thing designed to get us riled it is getting less than another guy when we are doing the same job. A Chris Johnson who thinks he is getting gyped and is worrying about getting injured before he gets his “set for life” payday isn’t going to be playing to be maximising his ability. Paying him will help the franchise to compete. Pay the man.

  21. cityofsharks says:Aug 8, 2011 9:17 PM

    They should of kept V.Y and Haynsworth idiots…..
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    Should of? You should’ve paid better attention in 4th grade.

  22. trbowman says: Aug 8, 2011 4:54 PM

    Running back. Most dime a dozen position in the league.

    Don’t get me wrong, CJ2K is damn good….but it’s not like the Titans are going to be ten times worse without him, lol.
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    You’re right. The Titans will run the ball well with anybody. Besides, if CJ was THAT important, why is it that all the Titans have done is LOSE since he arrived?

    I say, trade him.

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