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Munchak: Titans may sign a back, won’t trade Johnson

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We noted earlier today that Chris Johnson may request a trade, and that the Titans will surely insist that they won’t trade their best player.

Sure enough, Titans coach Mike Munchak has said the Titans won’t trade their best player.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Munchak said today that the team is exploring its options for adding another running back while Johnson continues his holdout. But Munchak insisted there’s no way the team would trade Johnson.

Of course, plenty of teams have ended up trading players after saying they wouldn’t. So if there’s a team out there that views Johnson as the final piece in a Super Bowl puzzle, that team ought to at least consider giving the Titans a call and seeing whether a blockbuster trade offer is enough to get the Titans to budge from “no way.”

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50 Responses to “Munchak: Titans may sign a back, won’t trade Johnson”
  1. firerogergoodell says: Aug 25, 2011 5:19 PM

    Will we finally see Tiki Barber get a shot?

  2. bturner032002 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:20 PM

    he is an upgrade over every back in the league.

    yes even fumble peterson.

  3. darthhitman says: Aug 25, 2011 5:24 PM

    How many times did AP fumble last year again?

  4. gdonz14 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:25 PM

    Freaky Deeky TIKI!! TIKI THE TITAN.

  5. galvestontexans says: Aug 25, 2011 5:25 PM

    The return of LenDale White?

  6. hartjk says: Aug 25, 2011 5:25 PM

    how long till we get an article that belichick is interested?

  7. achap39 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:26 PM

    Titans aren’t making the playoffs with or without Johnson…keep fining him until he either shows up or realizes that the only person who thinks he’s worth $12-15M per is himself.

  8. cowboyhater says: Aug 25, 2011 5:26 PM

    Hello…Clinton Portis?….haha…….

  9. drbandkgb says: Aug 25, 2011 5:28 PM

    Who is out there right now? How about Lendell White lol

  10. redrew says: Aug 25, 2011 5:29 PM

    Sooner or later, the kid will snap in two. Stay tough Titans, you can’t guarantee big cash for scat backs. It’s a passing league. Teams that run first lose most.

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 25, 2011 5:31 PM

    As a Titans fan who loved Chris Johnson, I’m past tired of his megalomania. I’m over it. I’m done. Check please.

  12. ttommytom says: Aug 25, 2011 5:34 PM

    LeSean McCoy, Two 1′s and a 2. I hope the Eagles do it so I can laugh when they fail to win once again.

  13. kissbillsrings says: Aug 25, 2011 5:34 PM

    Won’t be hearing from Bill….Pats are strong at RB & we have Brady….

  14. KIR says: Aug 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    If running backs are worthless why are GM selecting them high in the draft? I guess you clowns know more than them. smh

  15. hmpennypacker says: Aug 25, 2011 5:36 PM

    Do the Eagles have any cap room left?

  16. dumbasdirt says: Aug 25, 2011 5:40 PM

    It’s bargain basement time!

    In addition to Tiki and Clinton Portis, there is also Kory Sheets (Before the Dolphins cut him he stated that he is just like Reggie Bush except Reggie gets paid more money).
    Also if Larry Johnson does not work out for the Dolphins in the next week he will be available.

  17. zoxitic says: Aug 25, 2011 5:40 PM

    KIR says:

    If running backs are worthless why are GM selecting them high in the draft? I guess you clowns know more than them. smh
    ___________________________

    I guess you didnt watch this year’s draft.

  18. stvang says: Aug 25, 2011 5:41 PM

    this idiot needs to ride the pine for a season

  19. billinva says: Aug 25, 2011 5:44 PM

    I hear Lawrence Maroney is currently flipping hot dogs. He’d probably pay them so he could play. Put some dancing incentives in his contract or something.

  20. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    Saying “no trade” followed by a 5-day letter should make him reconsider that highest paid RB thing.

  21. billinva says: Aug 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    Also, Tiki sucks.

  22. minnesotablizzard says: Aug 25, 2011 5:46 PM

    As a Vikings fan it scares me to think the Pack could give up next years 1st and get him. Especially with the report the other day about Ryan Grant maybe not making the team.

  23. kpow55 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:47 PM

    @bturner032002 says:
    Aug 25, 2011 5:20 PM
    he is an upgrade over every back in the league.

    yes even fumble peterson.

    ———————–

    He was 21st in YDS/A last year…… 21st! no way would I take this nut job over AP (1 fumble in 2010), Foster or Charles.

    I’m not even sure he’s better than J Best or L Blount

  24. joshborden says: Aug 25, 2011 5:47 PM

    As a life long Oilers/Titans fan, I have to say that this would be the straw that breaks the camels back for me.

    Is Chris WANTING more money than he’s worth? YES

    Will Bud Adams and the front office pay him WHAT he is worth? NO

    It’s hard to watch all of the great players we have had in the past get less money than they are worth.

    Is he the best player we have? HELL YES!! He needs a raise, make him at least a top Five paid back……he deserves that much

  25. seytonmanning says: Aug 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    id have more respect for this shidiot if he simply said:

    “look i want a new contract.i think you guys,myself and my agent need to talk about it.”im still going to show up and play regardless and im not going to talk about it to the media,but know that if a contract cant be worked out im going to move on when my contract expires and there is NO amount of money you can offer to keep me here if you dont work out a contract with me within X amount of time.”

    then you just go out there and tear the field up week in and week out.let your agent hash things out while you basically create a highlight reel for a future team if necessary.

    id have no problem if a player came out and said they gave their team a chance to pay them and it didnt work out and even though the team matched an offer by another team they still left.

    course most teams know a player wil almost never turn down money and just offer 2 or 4 million more then another team at the last second and the player will cave and forget everything he said 6 months ago.

  26. thephantomstranger says: Aug 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    So if there’s a team out there that views Johnson as the final piece in a Super Bowl puzzle, that team ought to at least consider giving the Titans a call and seeing whether a blockbuster trade offer is enough to get the Titans to budge from “no way.”
    _____________

    Mike Lynn once thought a great running back was the final piece in a Super Bowl puzzle, but it turned out getting rid of that running back was the final piece in Dallas’ Super Bowl puzzle.

  27. cln007 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    CJ is getting bad advice, being the highest paid running back will set him for life. Take it and get back to work

  28. themanchine says: Aug 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    KIR says:
    Aug 25, 2011 5:35 PM

    Yes, AP went 7. What other RB went “high” in the draft recently? Reggie Bush? Proves OUR point RB’s aren’t worth high draft picks. The best, by FAR, RB in this draft went at the END of rd1. Even your beloved CJ2K went near the bottom of rd1, that’s why he’s in this contract dispute in the first place.

  29. themanchine says: Aug 25, 2011 5:52 PM

    joshborden says:
    Aug 25, 2011 5:47 PM

    Bud offered to make him the highest paid RB in the NFL, but Johnson wants QB money. HE is the one being unfair here, not Adams.

  30. jayniner says: Aug 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    How long until a baseball team makes an offer for CJ because they need a fast base-runner…

  31. britishraven says: Aug 25, 2011 6:01 PM

    If you think CJ was underwhelming last year, just wait until the passing offense is even WORSE this year and he’s facing 8/9/10 in the box

  32. tampajoey says: Aug 25, 2011 6:02 PM

    Chris Johnson must not have drafted Chris Johnson in his Fantasy Football league.

  33. bearsandjazz says: Aug 25, 2011 6:08 PM

    zoxitic says:

    “If running backs are worthless why are GM selecting them high in the draft? I guess you clowns know more than them. smh

    I guess you didnt watch this year’s draft”

    That was a ridiculous arguement….Obviously you didnt watch this years draft. The first running back taken was Mark Ingram at 28th overall. How is that selecting a RB high. Obviously you know less than GMs and less than the everyone else on this post. Try checking facts before posting nonsense.

  34. gregm5s7 says: Aug 25, 2011 6:11 PM

    I would try to trade Seattle for Leon Washington or somebody. A lot of good backs riding the pine in the NFL

  35. rodgerthat says: Aug 25, 2011 6:18 PM

    KIR says:

    If running backs are worthless why are GM selecting them high in the draft? I guess you clowns know more than them. smh
    ___________________________
    There was only 1 RB drafted this year in the 1st round at #28 to the saints (ingram). 4 In the second 3 at the end so I don’t get this comment unless it was sarcasm.

  36. bucks12965 says: Aug 25, 2011 6:20 PM

    Wow…that Mike Munchak looks really, really impressive! I mean umm…I’m a happily married man…umm…

  37. feldman9000 says: Aug 25, 2011 6:33 PM

    I hear Ryan Grant is going to need home. Looks like he found one.

  38. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 25, 2011 6:33 PM

    “So if there’s a team out there that views Johnson as the final piece in a Super Bowl puzzle, that team ought to at least consider giving the Titans a call ”

    And just what team might that be, MDS?
    I’m trying really hard to think of a team that’s one Running Back (even a great one) away from the Super Bowl. Or even a team that might legitimately think they’re a Running Back away.

    Colts, maybe? Don’t know if they have the cap room, and even if they did, there’s no way the Titans trade that guy within the division.

    Patriots? Possibly, but I doubt they’d be willing to pay Johnson what he wants, which means he’d be their problem instead of some other teams. Doesn’t seem like the way that organization works.

    The Jets seem to collect Running Backs like old ladies collect packets of saltines from Denny’s, but they’ve already got a surplus at the position for that very reason.

    Redskins? Even Dan Snyder doesn’t think they’re one Running Back away from the Big One.

  39. mikewhorio says: Aug 25, 2011 6:39 PM

    Kevin Smith, your phone is ringing…

  40. Caldon says: Aug 25, 2011 6:44 PM

    Pretty simple – you think you deserve to be paid like a top 5 or top 7 player and the Titans don’t want to pay you? Fine, then get another team to give up the draft picks for a top 5 NFL player – that is 2 first round pics + several other picks at least.

  41. realdraftgm says: Aug 25, 2011 6:47 PM

    Here is the deal. Bud I know how you have operated in the past kicking Steve Mcnair out of the building one of the greatest leaders to ever play quarterback like a Ray Lewis warrior type on Offense which was offensive Bud or Fisher not sure Fisher probably. Bottom line; you say you back your gm that tells me the g.m is making the call with Chris Johnson not you Bud. Time to step in Bud Johnson puts fans in the seats which you have not been selling because of this fiasco. People will say including me that if you will not pay Chris Johnson then you will not pay anyone. Here is the problem Bud and why you you should tell your gm to piss off; the new cba rules are gonna require you to spend that money anyhow so would you rather spend the money on the top playmaker in the league or be forced to spend it on average to whatever players. Johnson is in the great and possible hall of fame type; that is who you want to spend the money on if you are forced to spend it; drink some coffee wake up Bud your gm is gonna wreck your future. Like you said life is too short and you do not get players like Chris Johnson or Michael Vick twice they are once in a owners lifetime type explosive playmakers. Tibetan Buddism says Pride is the cause of suffering why have pride if you are gonna have to spend the money anyhow Bud. I am trying to be a friend and not bash you give you the benefit of the doubt the g.m. I am not gonna give the benefit because he has already played games in the media and not acted professionally with a special kind of player. Munchak is an offensive line coach and your head coach why not let him break the tie and I guarantee you he wants Johnson over anyone including that meddling gm. Think about it this way some teams pay quarterbacks Tom Brady, Michael Vick money and some pay less. You have hardly any quarterback expenses so you have the cap to make this move and by the time it is to extend Locker he still at a maximum could be a 12-15 million a year guy. The Cardinals pay Kolb like 12 a year so they had the cash to sign Fitzgerald. Bud I should be your g.m,. seriously the guy you got now is not getting it done. I may write you a letter in the future and we can talk.

  42. nyjetsman says: Aug 25, 2011 6:54 PM

    Guaranteed 1 year veterans minimum for Clinton Portis comin up.

  43. prmpft says: Aug 25, 2011 7:04 PM

    i hope the sorry !@#$%^& never plays another snap…

  44. er0ck5 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:17 PM

    RealDraftGM – What you don’t understand is, certain positions are slotted into different money categories in the NFL. Bud Adams wants to make Johnson the highest paid RB in the NFL. That isn’t good enough for Johnson. You also cite the mandatory minimum spending ; this is not in effect until 2013, and furthermore, just because you would have to spend a certain amount of money doesn’t mean you should overpay at one position. That will hurt your field a competitive team. Also, extend Locker? Seriously? Hasn’t even played a down in the NFL.

    I will say that I was on Chris Johnson’s side for most of the summer on this. He is clearly grossly underpaid and RB’s have a short shelf life. The longer they wait to get paid, the older they get, and the less their value is. But when I heard that Bud Adams wants to make him the highest paid RB and that isn’t good enough for Johnson? He needs to take the money or sit.

  45. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 25, 2011 7:25 PM

    @ tennesseeoilers:

    Couldn’t agree more…now could you please, please try and get CJ to say the word ‘megalomania’. Man, that would be great television.

  46. barneysbullet says: Aug 25, 2011 7:34 PM

    C’mon Bears…you have $20 mil to blow…

  47. thefiesty1 says: Aug 25, 2011 7:39 PM

    They should have gone after Ricky Williams when they had the chance. Whoops, I forgot, BUD is still the owner. Just put all kinds of escalator clauses in a contract paying him millions if and when he produces. As bad as the Titans will be (with or without) CJ, then he won’t get paid the $$$ he thinks he’s worth anyway.

  48. mobil4life says: Aug 25, 2011 8:31 PM

    I heard O.J. is available….

    Tennessee is the Miracle city

    He can just put knife blades on his uniform so nobody can tackle him…

  49. robertopicadillo says: Aug 25, 2011 8:37 PM

    trade him to the dolphins for chad henne and bush!!

  50. giantfan92 says: Aug 29, 2011 12:57 PM

    No need to bring in another back, Jamie harper is a beast hes going to have a great career.

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