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As expected, Chris Johnson doesn’t show on August 9

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On Monday, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson reported to camp, one day before the deadline for picking up his fourth year of service toward free agency.  In contrast, Titans running back Chris Johnson has continued his holdout, forfeiting his fourth year of service toward free agency.

It’s no surprise.  With two more years on his contract, Johnson (unlike Jackson) won’t be an unrestricted free agent in March 2012.  So, like Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in 2010 (who also had two years left on his contract at the time), Johnson has sacrificed a fourth year of service toward free agency.

The question now becomes whether Johnson, who turns 26 on September 23, will show up before the start of the regular season and, ultimately, whether he’ll report by Week 10, the deadline for getting credit for the fourth year of his contract.

The Titans won’t talk to Johnson about a long-term deal until he reports.  Johnson possibly is leery about that, in part because the Titans have never really shelled out big money to anyone.

From Johnson’s perspective, taking a stand makes sense, given that the Titans have him for the next two years at a bargain, that they can then use the franchise tag on him for a season or two, and that they then can move on when he’s 29 going on 30, which is essentially 59 going on 60 for tailbacks.  Given the realities of the position, the window to get paid big money closes early — for a guy like Johnson who has a low-first-round slotted deal, it makes sense to preserve the remaining tread on his tires until he gets a deal that reflects what he brings to the table.

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40 Responses to “As expected, Chris Johnson doesn’t show on August 9”
  1. panther17 says: Aug 10, 2011 8:28 AM

    The man wants D Will money. Give the man D Will money.

  2. randysavage4ever says: Aug 10, 2011 8:28 AM

    pay him his bread or trade him

  3. cakemixa says: Aug 10, 2011 8:29 AM

    Let him sit. Tired of these gangstas who think they are bigger than the game. Your team, as well as the NFL, will go on without you. These guys should NOT be rewarded for sitting out like little children who didn’t get what they wanted.

  4. RussianBreadMaker says: Aug 10, 2011 8:33 AM

    Lord know this dude needs the money.

  5. chopblocked says: Aug 10, 2011 8:34 AM

    Why would he?

    He knows one play in camp-just one play-could lead to an injury that will cost him $15-20 million bucks.
    We all know the NFL goes thru running backs at an alarming rate and they have no longevity to speak of. He (unlike a QB for example) is almost certainly going to get only one big payday and this is it.

    It’s a smart move.

  6. sophiethegreatdane says: Aug 10, 2011 8:36 AM

    My opinion is, you signed a contract to earn more money than most people will in a lifetime, all to play a game (oh BTW, you chose arguably the most disposable and easy-to-learn position in the game). Honor the contract, take the money, invest it wisely and you’ll never have to work another day for the rest of your life.

    Cue all the people saying “the owners can cancel the contract” and, “he should get all he can”, yadda yadda yadda.

    To them I say: whatever — you are part of the problem.

    These guys are not forced into joining the league, they know the rules of “the game within the game” long before the sign up.

    In this economy, I have a hard time feeling bad for (or siding with) someone who is *only* making ridiculous money, and is mad because he isn’t making disgustingly outrageous money.

    Next!

  7. realitypolice says: Aug 10, 2011 8:36 AM

    If he is forced to play out his contract, and then is franchised for two years, his total income for his career could come out to around what Jamarcus Russell got as a signing bonus.

    Think about that for a second.

  8. RDM says: Aug 10, 2011 8:42 AM

    Not great news for Jake Locker. It’d certainly help the rookie if he had a guy like CJ behind him.

  9. freebird2011 says: Aug 10, 2011 8:50 AM

    Of course, the Titans could simply let him sit out, start forfeiting paychecks in addition to the fines, and expect Johnson to honor his current contract. The horror!

    Javon Ringer says: I appreciate the opportunity to win the starting RB job.

    Stafon Johnson says: I finally get a chance to show what I can do.

  10. FinFan68 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:06 AM

    Let him sit out and rack up the fines. Those add up real quick. While he is holding out, he better hope this year’s Arien Foster is not on the Titan’s roster. He is an exciting RB but he is going about this the wrong way. The Titans restructured his deal as much as they could last year. He could get a deal if he showed up; the problem is he wants a “history deal” that he will/should not get.

  11. thegonz13 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:08 AM

    Let him rot! The guy makes more in a year than I’ll make in 20 years! In this economy, it’s hard to feel sorry for this bozo!

  12. sophiethegreatdane says: Aug 10, 2011 9:13 AM

    realitypolice says: Aug 10, 2011 8:36 AM

    If he is forced to play out his contract, and then is franchised for two years, his total income for his career could come out to around what Jamarcus Russell got as a signing bonus.

    Think about that for a second.
    _________________________

    Tell CJ to get drafted higher next time.

  13. Davo says: Aug 10, 2011 9:16 AM

    I’m kind of confused by the wording in the article:

    Has he already forfeited his 4th year of service, by not showing up, or *will* he forfeit his 4th year after week 10?

  14. bhester1906 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:19 AM

    Titans need to tighten up. If you don’t want
    to pay a pro bowler who reached 2,000 + yards in his 2nd year and is the only legit star on your offense, than what does that say about the rest of the team? Pay your people what they deserve or you will keep losing them…I.E. Tulloch….

  15. drshankenstein says: Aug 10, 2011 9:26 AM

    Titans should stand strong now. Let him sit out… pay 30k a day.. which happens to be what a lot of people make in a year… and keep adding years to his current deal. Let the filthy turd rot on the vine. He wants to get paid for that 1 season… which he’ll never get close to again. Give him that huge contract, and watch his production drop.

  16. chaunce922 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:27 AM

    He deserves his money, look at his stats for christ’s sake.

    Pay the man. Wasnt this whole lock out about giving rookies scaled contracts and giving the proven veterans their money? Hes been in the league going on 4 years and has already amassed 4500 yards. Hes never rushed for less than 1200 in a season so if he plays 4 more seasons he’ll have over 10000 yards… I mean if thats not worth a 4 year – 40 million contract i dont know what is…

  17. schmitty2 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:31 AM

    Maybe the Titans will offer him a new contract with the promise he goes to a speech therapist

  18. jakjup says: Aug 10, 2011 9:31 AM

    LOL @ you salty Mofo’s.. you cannot compare what a PRO athlete will make to your 30k-50k a year job.. so to say you wouldnt make the 500k he is getting this year and he should be happy makes no damn sense.. As a RB he needs to get all the $$ he can before they throw him in the trash.. look @ Arian Foster.. dude was a good soldier and came to camp with 1 year left and 500k to make.. and he got INJURED!.. now do you think the texans are going to say hey.. even tho your knee is screwed.. heres a 50 million dollar contract.. in the NFL your body is your investment.. and you have to maximize that.

  19. clinttaurus says: Aug 10, 2011 9:37 AM

    “the Titans have never really shelled out big money to anyone”

    a largely inaccurate generalization…

    the Titans actually have a pretty good history of extending key franchise players to 2nd contracts…contracts beyond the 2nd one are more scarce, but that’s true of most financially responsible teams in the league…

    just because the Titans don’t throw around Dan Schneider/Jer-ruh Jones money doesn’t mean they’ve never financially rewarded deserving players…

    having said that, I have no prob w/CJ trying to get a better pay-day for the reasons outlined in the post

  20. jsmayer181 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:41 AM

    Davo says:
    Aug 10, 2011 9:16 AM
    I’m kind of confused by the wording in the article:

    Has he already forfeited his 4th year of service, by not showing up, or *will* he forfeit his 4th year after week 10?

    ——————-

    By not showing up yesterday, he has indeed lost a year of service towards free agency (under the new CBA, veterans need 4 years of service to become UFAs.)

    However, by showing up before week 10, he can still get credit for playing a year on this contract, meaning his current contract would end after the 2012 season. If he doesn’t play at all this season, he’ll remain this current contract through the 2013 season.

  21. mnfaninaz says: Aug 10, 2011 9:48 AM

    Adrian Peterson >>>>>>>>>>>> This guy playing for that team.

    No one cares about this guy… he and his team are irrelevant.

  22. palakerfan says: Aug 10, 2011 9:51 AM

    Prediction time. Long holdout leads to contract worth $40 million. Johnson gets hamstring injury and has bad season. I’ve seen this story many times.

  23. biggerballz says: Aug 10, 2011 10:29 AM

    pay the man

  24. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 10, 2011 10:30 AM

    realitypolice is absolutely right. These teams have shelled out BILLIONS of dollars over the years to players that don’t deserve to it. And here you have a legitimate great player who wants to earn his worth and the team won’t pay him. Just pay him.

    And don’t give me this “he makes more in one year than I will in twenty years!”. Well, no offense, but people aren’t paying hundreds of dollars per ticket to see you on Sunday afternoons. They aren’t buying thousands of jerseys with your name on it. There isn’t an entire city and a multi-billion organization depending on you.

    Look at the contract D-Will got. Not only is this guy a better player than D-Will, but he means much, much more to his team. Carolina could have let D-Will walk. Stewart and Goodson could have stepped right in to take his place. Without Johnson, the Titans are a laughing stock.

    CJ2K looked across the league and saw a 28 year old D-Will get the contract he got after rushing for 1,400 yards the past two years. And there he is at 25 years old just and rushing for 3,400 yards the past two years. You wouldn’t demand a raise?

  25. richm2256 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:47 AM

    One question:

    If Johnson signed a rookie deal and sucked, but was just good enough to hang onto in the hopes he’d get better, would he be okay with the Titans wanting to cut his pay?

    Didn’t think so.

    But because he DIDN’T suck, it’s okay to hold out for more $$$ with 2 years left to go. Is that about right?

  26. bsizemore68 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:51 AM

    He said he produce and should get a big raised, however WHO thinks that if he suck and did nothing would he want to have his pay reduce? I didn’t think so. He sign a contract, live up to it, stop crying fool. Bill

  27. wwwfella says: Aug 10, 2011 10:55 AM

    for all the people talking about he should honor his contract easy for you to say because your not in his shoes. if you were u would do the same thing he is doing. if you had the balls to stand up for yourself

  28. ninerboi says: Aug 10, 2011 11:03 AM

    I love the hell outta Frank Gore, but Niners….let’s trade for Chris Johnson! Pay the man…maybe even keep Frank Gore and pay him too…..

    Ooohhh man tha’d be scary

  29. grant444 says: Aug 10, 2011 11:08 AM

    He should just sit out til Oct 10 – the day AFTER the Titans face the Steelers. Last yr, old-gold-teeth rushed for 34 yds on 16 carries.

  30. terrellochouno says: Aug 10, 2011 11:38 AM

    People keep talking about this guy’s stats, and impressive though they are… where’s the ring? Where are the playoff wins? At the rate he’s going, he’s gonna be completely used up in two years, so why should the Titans take that chance? Sure, he deserves more than he’s getting, but there was a time when this clown actually said, with a straight face, that he wanted Peyton Manning money. Get real!

  31. robliano says: Aug 10, 2011 11:50 AM

    Doesn’t anyone honor their word anymore? Total lack of character from these guys, Palmer, Osi, Johnson etc.

    Good, sit out, this is the only job you’ll ever have to have and this is how you treat it? Totally sad

  32. realitypolice says: Aug 10, 2011 12:11 PM

    sophiethegreatdane says:
    Aug 10, 2011 9:13 AM

    Tell CJ to get drafted higher next time.
    ==================

    That’s a great point.

    When I see him I’ll make sure to tell him that the next time he enters a professional football draft, to make sure he gets drafted higher.

    Because that’s what we want to do- reward players with big contracts because they were great in college.

    Not reward players who’ve done great things in the pros.

  33. realitypolice says: Aug 10, 2011 12:13 PM

    bsizemore68 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 10:51 AM
    He said he produce and should get a big raised, however WHO thinks that if he suck and did nothing would he want to have his pay reduce? I didn’t think so. He sign a contract, live up to it, stop crying fool. Bill
    ====================

    If he sucked, his pay would be reduced to zero whether he wanted it be or not.

  34. tsilimidos says: Aug 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    OH NO! Chris will not be able to get that G6 he wanted. Instead he will have to settle for a humbling Gulfstream 3. What is the world coming to? I suppose next you’ll tell me there’s not going to be a pony for “Sweet 16″.

  35. granadafan says: Aug 10, 2011 12:36 PM

    Gotta go with CJ on this one. The guy, like DeSean Jackson, vastly overplayed his 1st contract and deserves a raise. Other players on the team and around the league are watching to see if the Titans care about their players.

  36. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 10, 2011 1:33 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 10:47 AM
    One question:

    If Johnson signed a rookie deal and sucked, but was just good enough to hang onto in the hopes he’d get better, would he be okay with the Titans wanting to cut his pay?

    Didn’t think so.

    But because he DIDN’T suck, it’s okay to hold out for more $$$ with 2 years left to go. Is that about right?
    ——————
    Um, if he sucked he would have been cut a long time ago. Ask Maurice Clarrett what happens if you get drafted, sign your rookie deal, then proceed to suck. He’s doing real well.

    tsilimidos says:
    Aug 10, 2011 12:34 PM
    OH NO! Chris will not be able to get that G6 he wanted. Instead he will have to settle for a humbling Gulfstream 3. What is the world coming to? I suppose next you’ll tell me there’s not going to be a pony for “Sweet 16″.
    ————
    Not sure I know what you are talking about. But, I see a lot of jealous people here. Listen, I work a desk job too. $50K per year. It’s not a glamorous life. But, that’s life when you aren’t blessed with extraordinary talents.

    So I am not going to freak out on a millionaire for wanting more money. NFL players get paid good money. Period. Outside of the paractice squad bums, they all make more than us. If you don’t like how much they make, stop watching the games. Stop buying the jerseys. Stop supporting the league. Revenues will go down and so will the player salaries.

    The bottom line is that the best should get paid like the best. Peyton Manning should get paid like Tom Brady. Larry Fitzgerald should get paid like Andre Johnson. So on and so forth. Agreed?

    So why are you all seething because Chris Johnson wants to get paid like Adrian Peterson?? It’s only fair.

  37. panther17 says: Aug 10, 2011 2:16 PM

    So basically what you pft posters are saying is that it is okay for a team to not honor a contract and cut its losses when the player sucks but a player that deserves to get a raise is trashed and verbally abused for not honoring a contract when being underpaid?

  38. ron69 says: Aug 10, 2011 4:28 PM

    CJ has nothing to prove, pay the man 5 year 50 million half guaranteed he has earned it.

  39. wizahdry says: Aug 10, 2011 8:00 PM

    I don’t think Johnson has an choice but to keep holding out not matter what the consequences are. If he doesn’t he won’t get a big money new deal period.

    Look at the math. He turns 26 next month. Even with out losing that year towards free agency he would have been 28 by the time he hit free agency. We all know if he was still producing the Titans would just franchise him. They would gladly give him one fat money year after 6 years of prime production for nothing.

    By that time you have a 29 year old rb who has been all used up after 7 years of NFL pounding. At that point what does an extra year of eligibility matter vs never getting that deal that finally sets you for life!

  40. tjd42 says: Aug 10, 2011 9:50 PM

    Why do these players think they are the only player to be underpaid? pleanty of people on the outside world are underpaid eg. school teachers. These guys are so hopped up to be a NFL player they sign a contract to get a start and if succesful try to bailout. Be a man of your word be better than bottom line Bud. Who’s fault is it? How about his agent, he didn’t have a clause for a raise if he met incentives? Probably not as neither him or his agent wanted to gamble on his ability. So both should shut up and have him report and ask for incentives to be added to his present contract. As for contracts not being honored by the teams ‘ there was just a CBA agreed to; why wasn’t this addressed? After his career is over even if his contract isn’t adjusted he’ll still make more in his 5 to 7 years in the NFL than you or I will make in our 29 to 30 years on a real job!

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