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Titans, Chris Johnson may finally be making progress

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With just 11 days to go before the season opener, the Tennessee Titans may finally be making progress toward getting their best player in the fold.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that the Titans and Chris Johnson’s agent, Joel Segal, exchanged ideas and proposals on Wednesday, and the two sides made positive movement toward finding common ground for the first time.

With a base salary of $800,000 this season, Johnson has insisted he won’t show up unless he gets a huge raise. The Titans have said they’re willing to make him the highest-paid running back in football, but they want him to show up for work first. Until Wyatt’s report today, there were few signs of progress toward any resolution of the standstill.

Johnson was in a cranky mood today, telling fans to “STFU” on Twitter. But the Titans may make him a very happy (and very rich) man soon.

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33 Responses to “Titans, Chris Johnson may finally be making progress”
  1. severs28 says: Aug 31, 2011 6:07 PM

    I’m not sure which would be funnier. The Titans paying him the money he wants, or them just saying f u and make him play the contract he has or be carson palmer.

  2. bdert says: Aug 31, 2011 6:13 PM

    Titans are hurting themselves by delaying this process…the longer u prolong the inevitable the more u increase a players chance of injury by not being in camp & in football shape…the process to reg season form is be terribly altered…. #TitansFAIL

  3. saintsfan1112 says: Aug 31, 2011 6:14 PM

    They need to go ahead and pay him, because most other teams will be happy (and dumb enough) to pay him what he wants….since they think he’ll have another 2,000 yard season. Someone is due for disappointment, because that won’t happen again.

  4. 1bbfan says: Aug 31, 2011 6:15 PM

    This guy is why NFL players should be salary capped.. I cant stand these over paid over hyped jerks feeling like the world owes them something.

  5. kashonly says: Aug 31, 2011 6:15 PM

    Great RB’s are the product of O-Line…When Priest went out, LJ became the stud…Run a few games with “scrub” RB’s to see how much of CJ’s success was CJ vs Line

  6. virusgvr says: Aug 31, 2011 6:17 PM

    The “stfu” attitude this guy has just shows you how much of a class act he is going to be on and off the field. As it stands right now he has so much crap in his mouth you cant understand. Just another brother with quick legs that passes through the NFL system, and becomes rich.

  7. baseballstars says: Aug 31, 2011 6:19 PM

    Chris Johnson is diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Most of those “fake” Titans fans were fans of this team before his adult gold teeth started growing in. All of them care more about the team than an individual player.

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 31, 2011 6:23 PM

    Was that positive movement before or after CJ jumped the shark today? I can’t help but wonder how many millions of dollars he lost in “guaranteed money” the moment he hit SEND.

  9. skinsrock says: Aug 31, 2011 6:32 PM

    People… GET A LIFE… Everyone always cries when an athlete wants something… If you were the most talented person at your job, wouldn’t you want more too? If you couldn’t get it, wouldn’t you go looking for it? It’s no different… CJ is the most talented person on his team & a top 5 or 10 talent in the NFL… I give QB’s like Peyton & others the nod because they have more impact on a game than a RB. You can gameplan to stop

  10. trbowman says: Aug 31, 2011 6:33 PM

    He’s a running back.

    He’s gonna end up overpaid.

  11. mushin9 says: Aug 31, 2011 6:44 PM

    Everyone that is ticked with Johnson for wanting to get paid for his performance on the field…next time you have a contract dispute with your employer be sure to give the customer’s you work with all the details and listen to their input.

    Example:

    When your customers decide they don’t care what you are getting paid, they just want their burger, blindly accept the customer’s advice to “stop whining” and continue to flip burgers for minimum wage. Even though you are the best damn burger flipper the world has seen in nearly a decade and the restaurant would fold without your services. Good plan…

  12. drevilstolemymojito says: Aug 31, 2011 6:45 PM

    I just want to know how he distinguishes that “real” from the “fake” fans.

  13. herlies says: Aug 31, 2011 6:47 PM

    Can you imagine owning a billion-dollar company and making this guy the highest paid employee and face of of your entire brand?

    Tough spot for the Titans. Does his production offset everything else? Not only do most teams treat the RB position like a disposable 3-pack of paper towel, but you can barely understand what this clown is saying.

    Personally I would never give a RB $10m per season. Not with how the league has evolved and with how replaceable these guys are.

  14. 730boy says: Aug 31, 2011 6:51 PM

    look at all the CJ haters.. just mad cause your team aint got a back like CJ.. his twitter post today was real more players should be like that, everybody all over him werent fans of the titans cause we know he wouldnt play for that money this started last year I saw this coming because im a titans fan and actually follow this team not just listen to what the media has to say.. hes never got in trouble for off field or on field incidents and hes the best rb in the league why doesnt he deserved to get paid? NFL players get paid millions of dollars its not like they have average jobs they play for millions so if your the best at your position you get paid the most.. get off his nuts and stop just listening to the media. So as a real and true titans fan i stand behind CJ and he deserves to be payed.. sincerely a real football fan

  15. depotnator says: Aug 31, 2011 6:55 PM

    The Titans will look like fools for overpaying CJ when he is sidelined by injury 50% of the time.

  16. canteatgreens says: Aug 31, 2011 6:59 PM

    The NFL should just switch to the lower and lighter guaranteed contract situation that basketball and baseball use.

    I don’t know all the rules, but they don’t seem to have this problem.

  17. KIR says: Aug 31, 2011 7:09 PM

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

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

    If Johnson comes back and gets hurt, his career and chance for a well deserved big payday as one of the best players in the NFL is over. He’s going into his 4th year and hasn’t even made12 mill. There are plenty of players and non QB’s making 12 million or more a year! Those who disagree and think he’s not worth it. Put your money where your mouth is. Don’t watch any of the games he plays in

  18. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 31, 2011 7:10 PM

    He’s such an idiot…he’s totally screwing up my Fantasy Football Plans.

  19. KIR says: Aug 31, 2011 7:14 PM

    Dumbest player in the NFL Adrian Foster. Signed one year league minimum after being rushing leader for 2010. I wonder how much the Texans will pay him next year if he gets hurt? What a fool. I fill sorry for his family.

  20. uglycassinova says: Aug 31, 2011 7:20 PM

    Can we move pass the the phrase “get payed” please, the team has already indicated that he was going to get payed at a rate that would make him the highest compensated player at his position. That’s more than fair, this whole idea that he wants playmaker money is just asinine. Since he is arguably the best player at his position than he should be compensated accordingly as the highest payed running back. Not as some brand new position that he created called ” playmaker”.

    Like any other organization in the world there is a structure to the pay system which determines how employees are payed, that is just the way it is no matter how valuable you think you are.

  21. tchurch316 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:27 PM

    kashonly says:
    Aug 31, 2011 6:15 PM
    Great RB’s are the product of O-Line…When Priest went out, LJ became the stud…Run a few games with “scrub” RB’s to see how much of CJ’s success was CJ vs Line

    _________________________________

    Total agreement that O lines are what makes a running back. This is why if Barry Sanders had the Dallas O line he probably would have averaged 2000 a season. But what made him and Johnson special is their elusiveness and pure speed. Other backs may very well do servicable, but they will not possess the home run capability that CJ brings every play.

  22. uglycassinova says: Aug 31, 2011 7:32 PM

    @KIR

    Did it ever occur to you that people may actually watch games because they like the team? I could care less is CJ plays this year either way I plan on watching the Titans play. I was actually hoping that they would trade him to somebody for what could of been a pretty good return. I’m not so sure that he fits the team anyway. If they want to control the clock than he doesn’t fit that scheme but since they have changed their coaching staff they may not have that philosophy anymore. He is a very good back maybe the best and I don’t have a problem with him wanting a new contract ( I would too) but at the end of the day he’s a running back and if he doesn’t play it’s not like the organization is going to shut down or their going to run all 5 wide offensive formations they will probably just get another running back.

  23. spartytime says: Aug 31, 2011 7:39 PM

    IDK about the Line thing…Matt Forte has done just fine behind the worst Oline in NFL

  24. FinFan68 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:41 PM

    If you go back and look at the top 5 rushers every year (since 2000) you would see a few guys on that list that show up more than twice. They are: Portis, Barber, LT, Peterson and E. James. That’s it. Only one guy topped the list twice (LT). This means that there are very few RBs that sustain productivity. CJ might be one of those guys after this year but who really knows.

    Objectivity suggests that paying him what he is asking is not a smart move. Making him the highest paid RB in history may not be smart either but it’s hard to say he hasn’t at least earned that potential contract. The issue to me is that he has turned up his nose at a very lucrative contract and has acted like an ass for the last two years. He whined last year and they restructured some stuff. Now he is complaining this year (somewhat understandable) but he has refused to even meet the team 1/2way by showing up and at least learning the new stuff. What is to keep him from whining again next year?

  25. willjasper says: Aug 31, 2011 7:47 PM

    If I’m the Titans… I tell him he’ll get paid $5 million this year. Then we’ll negotiate long term in the off-season.

    Then I walk Mr. Johnson and his agent to the door and tell them not to call unless the words “we’ll take it” are coming out of their mouths.

  26. willowvike says: Aug 31, 2011 7:48 PM

    he better…. he fell to me at 12 in fantasy. STEAL!!!

  27. melikefootball says: Aug 31, 2011 7:59 PM

    Oh how nice it is to have just a ordinary job.

  28. goatcheez says: Aug 31, 2011 9:02 PM

    keep fighting chris. keep turning down contract offers >:)

  29. gtisme says: Aug 31, 2011 9:12 PM

    mushin9 says: Aug 31, 2011 6:44 PM
    When your customers decide they don’t care what you are getting paid, they just want their burger, blindly accept the customer’s advice to “stop whining” and continue to flip burgers for minimum wage. Even though you are the best damn burger flipper the world has seen in nearly a decade and the restaurant would fold without your services. Good plan…
    ######################################
    yyyyyyyyyyeah!!! Thats exactly the same thing as saying no to 10 million a year because you need 12-14 million to play a game because you lucked into the DNA to run fast…yep, exactly the same thing as a burger job at McD’s

  30. tsimpson50 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:33 PM

    He’ll get under 1000 yards this year, whine and moan about not getting enough touches, complain about the o-line, complain about the coaches… I can’t wait for this to implode..

  31. billylrsn says: Aug 31, 2011 9:42 PM

    KIR says:
    Aug 31, 2011 7:09 PM
    Adrian Peterson the second leading rusher (4,441 yards) since 2008, contract 5 years $40.5 million $17 million guaranteed.

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

    If Johnson comes back and gets hurt, his career and chance for a well deserved big payday as one of the best players in the NFL is over. He’s going into his 4th year and hasn’t even made12 mill. There are plenty of players and non QB’s making 12 million or more a year! Those who disagree and think he’s not worth it. Put your money where your mouth is. Don’t watch any of the games he plays in

    Did Chris Johnson sign his contract as a rookie? Yes he did. Is his contract for 5 years? Yes it is. Who’s in the wrong here? The Titans gave Chris Johnson a contract, Chris Johnson signed it…now he is whining, and not fulfilling his obligation to the team. I believe he should be paid, but a player should fulfill his part.
    Try that at your job!

  32. vikesfansteve says: Aug 31, 2011 9:57 PM

    The DNA he’s gonna get at a burger joint is probably from some kid’s balls that his tweet made angry. Good luck eating out somewhere CJ.

    gtisme says:
    Aug 31, 2011 9:12 PM
    mushin9 says: Aug 31, 2011 6:44 PM
    When your customers decide they don’t care what you are getting paid, they just want their burger, blindly accept the customer’s advice to “stop whining” and continue to flip burgers for minimum wage. Even though you are the best damn burger flipper the world has seen in nearly a decade and the restaurant would fold without your services. Good plan…
    ######################################
    yyyyyyyyyyeah!!! Thats exactly the same thing as saying no to 10 million a year because you need 12-14 million to play a game because you lucked into the DNA to run fast…yep, exactly the same thing as a burger job at McD’s

  33. mushin9 says: Aug 31, 2011 11:10 PM

    yyyyyyyyyyeah!!! Thats exactly the same thing as saying no to 10 million a year because you need 12-14 million to play a game because you lucked into the DNA to run fast…yep, exactly the same thing as a burger job at McD’s
    ———————-
    No, you missed the point. I’m saying that a fan being angry at a player for negotiating his salary with his employer is ridiculous.

    Speaking of DNA lottery, you sit here on a computer commenting on the contract situation of another man that plays a game while roughly 50% of the world lives in abject poverty subsisting on less than $2.50 a day. Should that 50% of the world’s population have a say in your contract negotiations with your employer because you won the geographical birth lottery?

    Better yet, would it be acceptable for the other 50% of the world to rip you a new one when you felt you were underpaid? Perspective people, that’s all I’m saying.

    Let the team and the man work out their business. Rip him if he misses a block on Sunday. The rest is between two parties who don’t need or want your input. Either they pay him or they don’t. People are making some pretty harsh criticisms of a man they have never met no care about outside of his ability to carry a piece of leather filled with air. Yet we are willing to pay billions of dollars to watch it happen.

    I’d have told the lot of ya to STFU to if you were in my business as well.

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