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Trade request could be next step for Chris Johnson

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So with the Titans and running back Chris Johnson still at an impasse regarding his value, the next step could involve some other team paying Johnson what he’s worth.

Per a league source, a trade request could be coming soon from Johnson.

The Titans surely will claim they won’t trade him.  But if there’s a team or two that will pay him what he wants, that team or two possibly would be willing to give the Titans a modern-day Herschel Walker-style package.

That said, teams likely will be far less willing to part with first-round draft picks now than the Vikings were 22 years ago, thanks to the brand-new rookie wage scale.  For more on that aspect of the situation, which will apply whenever any veteran is available via trade, here’s a sliver of today’s PFT Live.

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  1. tampajoey says: Aug 25, 2011 2:06 PM

    Chris Johnson the next Oakland Raider

  2. suckleague says: Aug 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    Man, Buddy Nix BETTER hold out for a least a 5th rounder if he’s trading Chris Johnson. Oh wait.

  3. snowpea84 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:07 PM

    Maybe the Titans need to consider life without Chris Johnson to realize just how importanthe is to their success, and then pay him accordingly.

  4. dmackerman says: Aug 25, 2011 2:09 PM

    This is absurd. Just pay the man and take your loss (or win?).

    Also, CJ to the Skins.

  5. We'reFineThere says: Aug 25, 2011 2:10 PM

    Expect 31 offers. Let’s go Dream Team, make it official.

  6. thephantomstranger says: Aug 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    The Titans should give Johnson’s agent permission to shop him around. Then he’ll find out no other team will pay him what he wants either.

  7. nflhof says: Aug 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    The Tightans should trade him to the Bengals.

  8. karlpilkington says: Aug 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    Dan Snyder are you listening. Pay that man his money and cut loose Torrain.

  9. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    Come on Bungles…do it. The only place he deserves to go.

  10. achap39 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:13 PM

    Any GM who puts together a Herschel-type trade and gives this clown $13-15M per should be fired on the spot.

  11. jhart615 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:14 PM

    this would be GROUNDBREAKING

  12. JAM says: Aug 25, 2011 2:15 PM

    Gregg Rosenthal is a coward who deletes my comments since I called his non-story a non-story. Pass it on.

  13. cmonmanzz says: Aug 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    I won’t even think about what he’s worth…2 1st rounders maybe?

  14. Fast Football says: Aug 25, 2011 2:17 PM

    If he really loved the game and wanted to be on the field with his teammates working towards a championship he’d do what Peyton did regarding $$$

  15. rexryansdirtysock says: Aug 25, 2011 2:18 PM

    Mike, I disagree with you. Top 10 picks will have a higher value than ever, but the money handed out to picks 11-32 won’t be that much different than it was.

    If a team thinks that getting Chris Johnson would be what makes them a playoff team, they won’t hesitate to give up that first round pick. A team expected to be selecting in the top 10 is another story. The wage scale presents a new dynamic there, as well as on draft day for teams moving down from those spots.

    As for veterans being traded for projected mid-late first round picks, I don’t think the dynamic will change there very much (although trades involving veterans for first round picks weren’t too common to begin with).

  16. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 25, 2011 2:19 PM

    31 teams hope he requests a trade……jus sayin

  17. TurdSandwich says: Aug 25, 2011 2:19 PM

    Trade his greedy arse. Right around the time his wheels fall off with his “new team” The Titans will be getting fresh juice from the plethora of tasty picks they get!

  18. phillyphever says: Aug 25, 2011 2:20 PM

    Do it Titans. He’s not gonna be worth what he’s asking for in 2 years. Might as well see if you can fleece someone.

  19. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Aug 25, 2011 2:21 PM

    Chris Johnson deserves a good contract, but unfortunately you don’t need a great running back to win the Superbowl as the Packers proved. That fact is working against Johnson here.

  20. patstrustee says: Aug 25, 2011 2:22 PM

    No RB is worth the money he is asking for. Plenty of stud RBs on suck-teams… been plenty of Superbowl teams with average RBs.You pay the QB the money, not the RB.

    All that aside, I don’t blame him/them for asking for all he/they can get… their shelf life is what, 3 years on average?

  21. dixon29 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:24 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. The Titans are probably wishing they kept LeGarrette Blount right about now…

  22. scomibord says: Aug 25, 2011 2:24 PM

    bad precedent being set. you have what, two , three years left on a signed contract; and you can dictate whats going to happen. let his punka$$ sit out

  23. cherokeehero says: Aug 25, 2011 2:24 PM

    Orton for johnson straight up!

  24. homelanddefense says: Aug 25, 2011 2:24 PM

    “Fast Football says: Aug 25, 2011 2:17 PM

    If he really loved the game and wanted to be on the field with his teammates working towards a championship he’d do what Peyton did regarding $$$”

    Whats that? You mean have the highest salary possible for the years of the contract you will actually play, then much lower salary for the two years there is no chance you play? thus making it look like you signed the same deal as Brady when you actually made a bigger cash grab for the next few years?

  25. plastics017 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:25 PM

    Patriots have a spare 1st rounder to burn next year, plus they are roughly $9M (add $3M as its a soft cap) for a total of $12M, DO IT BILL!

  26. pats1995 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:25 PM

    I know its impossible because they dont do that and we already have 4 backs, but if the patriots traded the saints first rounder we got along with 2 of ours and maybe a 2nd rounder i really would be shocked if we didnt go 19-0

  27. homelanddefense says: Aug 25, 2011 2:25 PM

    “JAM says: Aug 25, 2011 2:15 PM

    Gregg Rosenthal is a coward who deletes my comments since I called his non-story a non-story. Pass it on.

    I’ve had a few comments that never show up too. And it boggles my mind considering the stuff that is allowed to show up at times….

  28. skinsrock says: Aug 25, 2011 2:26 PM

    People talking about the Skins… Your crazy… We got 3 RB’s that will be successful… We don’t need him. I wouldn’t pay no RB $12m / season.

  29. mianfr says: Aug 25, 2011 2:27 PM

    I honestly don’t see a trade partner.

    This is a guy whose rushing total dropped by almost 650 yards from last year, his total yards by exactly 900. His yards per carry dropped by 1.3 and his yards per reception halved, to 5.6.

    Speed kills, but it also deteriorates the fastest.

    Frankly I think his true value is around a first round pick, and even then I don’t know who offers it. The Chargers?

  30. drbandkgb says: Aug 25, 2011 2:27 PM

    Please let him go… LEt the idiot see no one is going to pay him 10 million a year…

  31. seneca1ss says: Aug 25, 2011 2:27 PM

    This could be the Bucs big transaction

  32. Hank Koebler, IV says: Aug 25, 2011 2:29 PM

    I’ve been saying for a while the Titans should trade Johnson, and also need to trade Kenny Britt while they’re at it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hank-koebler/handcuffs-hamstrings-and-_b_932094.html

  33. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:29 PM

    31 teams? Really, guys? How many teams have cap room left? How many teams have serviceable RBs and don’t want to spend that amount of money and the picks necessary to get the trade done? I would be surprised if there are three teams willing to pay him what he wants. I would be surprised if there is even one that is willing to pay him like he wants AND compensate Tenn what they would want.

  34. krashie21 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:31 PM

    As a Cowboys fan this makes me very, very, nervous.

    No one likes to play “fantasy football” more than Jerruh……..

  35. darksidecowboy says: Aug 25, 2011 2:31 PM

    How about Kolb, Fitz, and Chris Johnson damn! They trade Beanie and whatever picks left over from the Kolb trade and get back to the dance!

  36. Broncofanatic7 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:31 PM

    Next Headline:
    Philadelphia signs Chris Johnson… -_-
    Titans will figure out a way to sign this guy.

  37. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 25, 2011 2:34 PM

    karlpilkington says: Aug 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    Dan Snyder are you listening. Pay that man his money……….

    ——————

    Very nice. A “Rounders” reference.

  38. gdeli says: Aug 25, 2011 2:35 PM

    AP and chris johnson on the vikes? cool, make it happen. 1 mil a year right? ha

  39. aschwartz2011 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:35 PM

    If he really loved the game and wanted to be on the field with his teammates working towards a championship he’d do what Peyton did regarding $$$

    ——

    You mean what Payton did the first time? Get a huge contract making him one of (if not the) highest paid player in the game? It wasn’t until his 2nd veteran deal that he took his “hometown discount” tying him for the biggest contract in the league.

    Johnson doesn’t have the bankroll Manning did after the 1st big contract (plus Manning was 1st overall so his rookie deal was worth more).

    Not saying he should get the deal he wants. Just don’t paint Manning as some Saint.

  40. baned0n says: Aug 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    Contract dispute for Contract dispute….

    Chris Johnson for Matt Forte.

  41. vahawker says: Aug 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    What Chris Johnson wants and what Chris Johnson is worth are not even close. No RB is worth the crazy money the greedy fool is asking.

  42. feldman9000 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    Oakland fits.

    1. Because he deserves it.
    2. The team and the fanbase understands the language.
    3. Al Davis would give up their first pick for the next 3 years to get him.
    4. Johnson’s only good game last year was against the Raiders, so Al wouldn’t have to worry about facing him.
    5. Al would pay him $1 Trillion dollars.

  43. contra74 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    ticalcaldwell says:
    Aug 25, 2011 2:19 PM
    31 teams hope he requests a trade……jus sayin
    ———-
    The Vikings dont. They already have the best RB in the league so why pay for #2? jus sayin

  44. hateonjags says: Aug 25, 2011 2:37 PM

    YOU signed a freaking contract, now show up and play, I know you have speech problems but it looks like reading as well…report to camp after week 1 though

  45. feldman9000 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:37 PM

    We don’t need him. Wake me up when Carson’s available.

    Signed

    The Carolina Panthers

  46. CKL says: Aug 25, 2011 2:38 PM

    The GM already said he was willing to pay this guy top RB money. That seems fair if he is telling the truth. Personally, I’d let dude sit out forever and rot or simply trade him since it sounds like he wants elite QB type money which is insanity. Anyone think Tenn is making the playoffs this year with OR without him?

  47. bearsandjazz says: Aug 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    Who wants to be he ends up on IR sometime this year. When he does get paid by whomever it is they will have a rude awakening when they find out his body isn’t ready for the regular season grind. He’ll blow out a knee, tear his Hamstring or pop his Achilles because he thinks he can walk back in and run wild without Training camp. Historically that doesnt work out well when you sit out of training camp, conditioning. Whomever pays him will not get the same production this year.

  48. aschwartz2011 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    This could be the Bucs big transaction

    —-

    No way. Bucs value picks and money…and Blount has looked good…If we were going to give 15 mil to one guy it would have been Nnamdi…

  49. karlpilkington says: Aug 25, 2011 2:41 PM

    Aug 25, 2011 2:26 PM
    People talking about the Skins… Your crazy… We got 3 RB’s that will be successful… We don’t need him. I wouldn’t pay no RB $12m / season.

    00 i
    Rate This

    Thats just it skinsrock, YOU ARE NOT THE ONE PAYING HIM.

  50. rajbais says: Aug 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    Take your talents to South Beach baby!!!

    Or Mo-Town!!! They both needs tailbacks!!!

  51. fatguystrangler says: Aug 25, 2011 2:45 PM

    I don’t blame RB’s for going for all the money they can since their shelf life is so limited, and because the league is shifting (or shifted?) to a primarily passing league. Also, it almost looks like the days of the true workhorse RB are behind us, with so many teams going to the multiple backs splitting carries. I’m not saying Johnson is right, by any means. That being said, who else do the Titans really have? If they think their future is brighter without him, then send to the highest bidder. I doubt that being the case, however.

  52. quiettexan says: Aug 25, 2011 2:45 PM

    so the bidding may now open for chris johnson. give up half your draft and pay him 14% of your payroll and you could end up with your very cj2k (are we still allowed to call him that? it’s my favorite)

  53. drgfri says: Aug 25, 2011 2:46 PM

    Does his grill come included in the trade or is that extra?

  54. joebuckiscreepy says: Aug 25, 2011 2:46 PM

    i’m sure the market will be huge for a punk who insists upon being paid more than anyone else in the league.

  55. plastics017 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:48 PM

    Someone above said, trade him to the Vikings – Goodell would never let that happen, because he has Adrian Peterson as his fantasy back, and adding Chris Johnson into the mix would make both of their fantasy stock plummet. Goodell will tell them where to trade him.

  56. fcs34 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:49 PM

    If the Titans unload him the season ticket holders should sue. Without Johnson this team could go winless this season.

  57. madeira2 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:49 PM

    TurdSandwich… scomibord…

    This right wing mentality, ‘corporations are people too’, siding with management over the individual… it’s sick.

    Here’s someone who is one of the best at what he does, outplaying his contract, deserving of being one of the highest paid RB’s, who is fully aware that he doesn’t have a lot of time as a pro football player, going for what could be his last contract- and you actually side with NFL ownership who offers split contracts and regularly does not honor their signed contracts.

    I notice that it’s prevalent in sports fans for some reason, this ‘just be grateful that rich guy even gives you a job, jerk’ right wing mentality. For whatever reason. It’s all over the place on sports talk radio here in Cleveland- everyone who grew up in this town has a parent or grandparent that was union and we have this angry, right wing anti-union sentiment. It’s disturbing.

  58. otistaylor89 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:50 PM

    The market for RBs just isn’t what it once was and the sooner CJ realizes it, the better.

    If he transforms his body into a edge rushing 6’5′ DE, then we’ll talk.

  59. djmoore914 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:51 PM

    JAM says:
    Aug 25, 2011 2:15 PM
    Gregg Rosenthal is a coward who deletes my comments since I called his non-story a non-story. Pass it on.

    YES…Gregggg can’t handle the criticism. He deletes all of my comments when I call him out for making up stories like “Brady isn’t beloved” and “Pats fans want Bledsoe”…

  60. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:53 PM

    Time for the Titans to play hard-ball. Bud’s “hint” wasn’t good enough.

    5.Day.Letter.

  61. drumzan says: Aug 25, 2011 2:58 PM

    I’m not an Eagles fan, but already know CJ is going there. I mean, every other player in the NFL is going to the Eagles these days. Might as well make it CJ2K as well.

  62. ottograham says: Aug 25, 2011 3:01 PM

    Shoulda known he didnt wann play in Tennessee. All the factors were set up and noone could call it out until recently. His drafting coach is gone, his qb(s) are gone, he doesnt see consistency, and above all he doesnt see $. Hope you enjoyed him while you could Titan fans. He will be an overpaid washout in DC before you can say Dan Snyder. Then he will be an average paid over achiever on the Patriots. C’mon we’ve all seen this movie before.

  63. mvpolamalu says: Aug 25, 2011 3:04 PM

    I hate the cowboys but they have money since they didnt get nnamdi…

  64. sippindasyzurp says: Aug 25, 2011 3:05 PM

    There is 3 things in the NFL that win you a Championship… Coaching, QB play, pass rush… The unfortunate thing for the Titans is a team like Arizona handing out massive amounts of guaranteed money to a WR.

    I am not saying Fitzgerald is not an impact player but his production revolves solely upon how good his QB is.

  65. pecosbob says: Aug 25, 2011 3:10 PM

    Teams would not want to give more than a second round pick as running backs are cheap and plentiful. Name me the last time a team gave more than a second round pick for a running back. With his style of running and his light frame all it will take is one ACL injury and he’s worthless. As good as he is it would surprise me if he is still in the league five years from now.

  66. ravensallday420 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:11 PM

    ravens dont want or need him we have rice and ricky and leach at fullback

  67. redwards29a says: Aug 25, 2011 3:13 PM

    This is like NFL tard central.

  68. alaricsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 3:15 PM

    I’ll save my comment for one of the 5 or 6 articles written about this tomorrow.

  69. kpow55 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:17 PM

    No way, no how

    There are too many swing and miss contracts in recent years to justify paying any one dimensional RB big bucks.

    If his play keeps dipping at it’s current rate he’ll be Larry Johnson in 2 to 3 years, just with a bigger contract that they can’t unload.

    31 other teams want a malcontent more concerned with his own stats and pay than the W??? Send him to a perennial bottom feeders like Cinci or Dallas at a realistic pay rate.

  70. Nevis says: Aug 25, 2011 3:19 PM

    Trade him so another team won’t pay his ridiculous demands? k.

  71. stairwayto7 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:20 PM

    Johnson, Fitz and Kolb???? WOW!!!

  72. whitemike55 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:21 PM

    No C.J for the Titans, Peytons neck problems, and MJD’s Knee….

    Looks like the Texans time to take control of this division for years to come is starting 9-11-11!

    Texans will win the AFC South, and no teams will come into Reliant and win a playoff game.

  73. rcg365 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:21 PM

    Idk why the Titians would wann trade Johnson in the first place keep him you get what you pay for.

  74. dspohn55 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:22 PM

    Fast Football, comparing CJ’s situation to Peyton’s is totally unfair. Peyton makes fifteen times what CJ makes every year. It’s not like Johnson is some aging back trying to get one last pay day, he’s 25, in his prime and is literally the entire Titans offense.

    He has absolutely out played his contract, why can’t billionaire Bud Adams pay him? Does he know how Matt Hasselbeck and Kenny Britt won’t fill the stands?

  75. kissbillsrings says: Aug 25, 2011 3:24 PM

    add the Pats as a team that wouldn’t be interested…they got a stable full of young stud RB’s way cheaper than this delusional kid…if he was truly offerd 10 mill/yr & refused it he’s a total tard!!!!

  76. TurdSandwich says: Aug 25, 2011 3:24 PM

    Madiera2, you take far too many liberties with my comment. For starters, get over yourself and your confusion about who is and who isn’t “right wing” or siding pro or against unions..
    CJ has been offered “highest RB money ever”. That is reasonable. It is in fact beyond reasonable. I happen to agree that paying him more could backfire on the team and result in financial binds later on. My opinion.
    If CJ continues to be this greedy and demands a trade – trade him.
    ………………………………………………………………
    madeira2 says:
    Aug 25, 2011 2:49 PM
    TurdSandwich… scomibord…

    This right wing mentality, ‘corporations are people too’, siding with management over the individual… it’s sick.

    Here’s someone who is one of the best at what he does, outplaying his contract, deserving of being one of the highest paid RB’s, who is fully aware that he doesn’t have a lot of time as a pro football player, going for what could be his last contract- and you actually side with NFL ownership who offers split contracts and regularly does not honor their signed contracts.

    I notice that it’s prevalent in sports fans for some reason, this ‘just be grateful that rich guy even gives you a job, jerk’ right wing mentality. For whatever reason. It’s all over the place on sports talk radio here in Cleveland- everyone who grew up in this town has a parent or grandparent that was union and we have this angry, right wing anti-union sentiment. It’s disturbing.

  77. whitemike55 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:25 PM

    It’s definitely about the money, but many people are over looking the fact he doesn’t want to play in Tennessee anymore….

    No QB, Bad O-line, Defense lost many quality starters, new head coach, etc.

    He is using this money ploy #1 to leave Tennesssee and #2, Get Paid.

    Why would a 26 year old Superstar want to live in Nashville anyway?

  78. TurdSandwich says: Aug 25, 2011 3:25 PM

    Madiera2, you take far too many liberties with my comment. For starters, get over yourself and your confusion about who is and who isn’t “right wing” and my “union stance”.
    CJ has been offered “highest RB money ever”. That is reasonable. It is in fact beyond reasonable. I happen to agree that paying him more could backfire on the team and result in financial binds later on. My opinion.
    If CJ continues to be this greedy and demands a trade – trade him.
    ………………………………………………………………
    madeira2 says:
    Aug 25, 2011 2:49 PM
    TurdSandwich… scomibord…

    This right wing mentality, ‘corporations are people too’, siding with management over the individual… it’s sick.

    Here’s someone who is one of the best at what he does, outplaying his contract, deserving of being one of the highest paid RB’s, who is fully aware that he doesn’t have a lot of time as a pro football player, going for what could be his last contract- and you actually side with NFL ownership who offers split contracts and regularly does not honor their signed contracts.

    I notice that it’s prevalent in sports fans for some reason, this ‘just be grateful that rich guy even gives you a job, jerk’ right wing mentality. For whatever reason. It’s all over the place on sports talk radio here in Cleveland- everyone who grew up in this town has a parent or grandparent that was union and we have this angry, right wing anti-union sentiment. It’s disturbing.

  79. bane1968 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:28 PM

    No team is going to pay a running back quarterback money. I don’t blame him for trying to get paid while he’s still got a few years of productivity left, but he’s not going to get what he wants. Take “highest paid running back” money and get back to work. His agent is foolish for allowing this thing to stretch out.

  80. phillycheez says: Aug 25, 2011 3:36 PM

    In my opinion he is only worth big money to a team with a strong passing game. With no threat of the pass, teams can key on him and for the most part shut him down. If he has some room to work with under the threat of a solid pass attack, he can gash a defense all day long. In my opinion the Titans are very average in the passing game making Johnson the opposing defense’s first priority. But in no way is a rb worth qb money.

  81. transam7816 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:38 PM

    Used to be an Oilers fan..now a Titans fan. Trade CJ. Javon Ringer might not reach 1,300 yards but I’m sure he can top 1,000. Ringer can handle it. Harper is looking better and better as the preseason goes by also.

  82. bturner032002 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:38 PM

    Offer a contract that pays him $7500.00 for every gained this year.

  83. drshankenstein says: Aug 25, 2011 3:39 PM

    Trade him now! He isn’t worth what he’s asking for. He will play another 2 years and do a Shaun Alexander/Larry Johnson.

  84. thefiesty1 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:41 PM

    No other team has enough CAP room to pay him what he’s asking. He’s good, but not worth the $$$ he wants. His agent needs to give him a reality check and shut up and play ball.

  85. KIR says: Aug 25, 2011 3:43 PM

    Adrian Peterson 2nd leading rusher (4,441 yards) since 2008, 5 years $40.5 million $17 million guaranteed.

    Chris Johnson #1 rusher (4,598 yards) since 2008. 5 years $12 million $7 million guaranteed.

    If CJ Gets hurt, his career & chance for a well deserved big payday is over. He hasn’t had made12 mill his entire career and there are players and non QB’s making 12 million or more A YEAR! Most of which have never won a Super Bowl.

  86. pastabelly says: Aug 25, 2011 3:45 PM

    No running back is worth what he is asking for. Great running backs rarely are the focal point of a Super Bowl champion. They also burn out or get hurt. If they could trade him for a 1st and a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft, they should do it ASAP and not look back.

  87. daubs17 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:46 PM

    Hey Chris… no one cares that you and the Titans “aren’t seeing eye to eye”. You signed a 5 year deal that you’re 3 years into. You signed it, live with it.

    You’re 3 years into a short shelf life for RBs with already nearly 1,000 carries and probably demanding close to a $100 million contract from the Titans. What a joke

  88. birdobeamen says: Aug 25, 2011 3:47 PM

    Chris Johnson to the Eagles for next years first and Shady McCoy..

  89. goawayeverybody says: Aug 25, 2011 3:51 PM

    Dude is delusional. Trade him for a 2nd rounder and have done with him. Javon Ringer will do fine and Tennessee is in a rebuiding year anyway.

  90. djmoore914 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:51 PM

    This is to madeira2, actually the owner’s are the only one’s ever on the hook for these huge contracts.

    If a player signs a contract, he should play out that contract. A deal was made and both sides should honor that deal.

    If Chris Johnson signs a massive deal and doesn’t do anything the rest of his career, the team is on the hook to pay him the full amount unless they release him. In that case they take a cap hit and are penalized.

    But then Chris Johnson can just hold out and be a baby whining about his deal. If he didn’t like the terms or the length, he should have negotiated a richer or shorter deal.

    Don’t throw out that “right wing capitalist” garbage. If a worker isn’t pulling his weight then he should get jack.

    I think the NFL should be making full incentive based contracts. You get a minimum salary, and from there, you get paid based on your performance. All players would perform better if they knew their “guaranteed money” was only “guaranteed” for how they perform.

  91. carnboys says: Aug 25, 2011 3:53 PM

    Trade to the cleveland browns for a 2 and 3 draft pick .

  92. knucklebucket says: Aug 25, 2011 3:54 PM

    Running backs are not worth an enormous salary. They can get hurt too easily and with teams all using running back by committee, its a relatively easy spot to fill. Besides, a top tier running back does not equal definitive success. Just ask Minnesota…

  93. jerranamo says: Aug 25, 2011 3:55 PM

    trade him out of the AFC South

  94. pigskinswag says: Aug 25, 2011 3:57 PM

    Johnson is talented, but the league is getting to a point where every team has two (or sometimes three) talented running backs to divide up carries. This is a quarterback league now, and the “bell-cow running back” is becoming a thing of the past. He deserves to get paid more, just not his asking price. Trade him and get what you can get for him now, because the reality is, Tennessee isn’t going to be a contender this season with or without CJ2K. Yes they have Hasselbeck now instead of Vincent at QB, but eventually Peyton will be healthy and the Colts will be the Colts. Jacksonville is better on defense and has someone who can eventually replace Trent Dilfer 2.0 (David Garrard). Even Houston is better on defense (can they get any worse?). And even if they make it out the AFC South or get in as a wild card (I personally think the wild card will come from the East and the North), they’re not an elite team. Trade CJ2K, get what you can get and move on.

  95. jbcommonsense says: Aug 25, 2011 3:57 PM

    CJ to the Redskins for Tim Hightower and a 4th round pick.

  96. staffordsyear says: Aug 25, 2011 3:59 PM

    If I were the Titans I would trade him ASAP,not worth putting up with this whiny milli vanilli look alike,play out your contract!!

  97. KIR says: Aug 25, 2011 4:04 PM

    If running backs are so worthless, why are the general managers selecting them high in the draft?

  98. therealsmiley says: Aug 25, 2011 4:10 PM

    Redskins are not interested….too much money and a short shelf life. Hail!!

  99. pigskinswag says: Aug 25, 2011 4:12 PM

    I’m secretly hoping that Chris Johnson ends up getting Carson Palmered by the Titans.

  100. Bubby Brister says: Aug 25, 2011 4:17 PM

    An NFL runningback’s shelf life simply isn’t worth anything remotely near the kind of money he thinks he’s worth, let alone a runningback based purely on speed. It’s going to be fun to look back on this in 3 years when he loses a step and the pony’s only trick is gone.

  101. greenbay4ever says: Aug 25, 2011 4:19 PM

    I know the Packers would never trade for him but a guy can dream. If he holds out much longer a season ending injury is inevitable. Pay the man his money.

  102. destroyedbydansnyder says: Aug 25, 2011 4:20 PM

    CJ to the skins????

    Why would we want that? We have Hightower :/

  103. cgalaxy says: Aug 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    mmmpieyummy says:
    Aug 25, 2011 2:12 PM
    Come on Bungles…do it. The only place he deserves to go.

    ————————————————————

    Johnson wants to get paid big bucks. That means it’s pretty unlikely Mike Brown would be interested (that, and Brown just re-signed Benson).

  104. dirtybird2020 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:41 PM

    There is no way patriots would pick up this self centered piece of crap, the patriots play as a team and this guy as can be seen is not gonna fit in

  105. edavidberg says: Aug 25, 2011 4:58 PM

    I can see a team trading for him but nobody is going to do that AND pay him $10 million a year.

    I don’t blame Johnson for the holdout but I think he needs to lower his expectations. He’s not as valuable as a QB, his career will not last nearly as long. Someone needs to have a come to Jesus talk with him pretty soon. If Harper has a couple nice games the pressure will really be on.

  106. bane1968 says: Aug 25, 2011 5:09 PM

    @KIR: He deserves, and reportedly was offered, more than Peterson. He’s holding out for quarterback dollars. He’s out of his mind.

  107. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 25, 2011 5:16 PM

    I just wish I could buy him for what he’s worth, and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth.

    I could retire on the profit.

  108. deangelo23hall says: Aug 25, 2011 5:50 PM

    I doubt he’s goin to the Skins, but CJ2k in Shanahan’s system? Ohhhh lord.

  109. macjacmccoy says: Aug 26, 2011 7:54 AM

    I thought the Bengals were wrong by not making Palmer available for trade. He was no longer a fit for the team. For the money he was making and his performance they should have been looking to trade him before he asked for it. Plus he was a good loyal member of the team for a while and spent many years there they should have gave him a chance to go somewhere else. I thought it was dumb not to move him.

    But if Im the Titans Im telling Chris Johnson that he is going to play for the Titans or not at all. I do believe he deserves a new contract but what hes asking for. You dont change the system. Its the same as Crabtree when he was trying to blow the slot. thats not how the NFL works u get paid by you position. Anyway the guy has only been in the league 3 YEARS. I dont care how could those 3 years are you dont deserve top of the NFL money when u havent finished ur 1st contract. Manning was more important to the Colts after his 1st 3 years but he never would have asked to be 1 of the highest paid players in the league. Have some humility.

    So If Im the Titans Im telling him look. We offered 2 rip up ur contract with 2 years remaining and make you the highest paid rb in NFL history. That’s as high as we’re going. If you wont sign that contact and you wont come back and play on your old contract, then you just better go finish your degree bc you will not play another down in the NFL. I would tell him their will be no trades no nothing u will either play contract or your career is over.

    The Titans cant buckle to him and let him make the rules and set the standards of pay. And a trade would be a victory for CJ. There’s no way they could let that happen. They would gain so much respect around the league if they held their ground. And it would set a tone for the future of the organization.

  110. sfc44e says: Aug 26, 2011 7:06 PM

    Why should CJ get a contract like this when he’s only played in 1/2 of a post season game in his rookie year (2008). He needs to prove he’s durable into the post season before he gets this kind of money.

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