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Chris Johnson willing to take a pay cut to facilitate a trade

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Titans running back Chris Johnson has said he’s not willing to reduce his $8 million. But as he sits and ponders his football future, Johnson is reconsidering.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Johnson is starting to see the writing on the wall, and would be willing to take a pay cut if that’s what he has to do to facilitate a trade.

From Johnson’s perspective, it may be worth taking a pay cut to get the situation resolved quickly. The Titans don’t have to pay Johnson any roster bonuses this offseason, which means they could hold onto him for the next five months and wait until the end of the preseason to cut him. At that point, there wouldn’t be much time left for Johnson to find a new team before the regular season starts, and so he might be better off doing what he needs to do to get a trade done soon.

That would also be better for the Titans, because there are risks for the Titans to keeping Johnson around, too: If they hold onto Johnson and he suffers a season-ending injury during offseason work, they would be forced to pay him the full $8 million while he spends the season on injured reserve. And Johnson’s $8 million salary counts against their salary cap as long as he’s on the roster, so even if the Titans have no intention of paying that salary when the season starts, his presence on the roster affects their ability to sign free agents.

Bottom line, getting a trade done now would benefit both the Titans and Johnson. And if Johnson needs to reduce his salary to help the Titans get it done, he’s willing to do that.

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66 Responses to “Chris Johnson willing to take a pay cut to facilitate a trade”
  1. chargerdillon says: Mar 13, 2014 7:35 PM

    It’s been a long time since Chris Johnson did anything worth caring about.

    31 other teams have noticed this as well.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 13, 2014 7:36 PM

    Top 5 RBs in Professional Football – Alfred Morris, Arian Foster, Giovani Bernard, CJ Spiller and Jamal Charles. In that order.

  3. footballfan84 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:37 PM

    Come to Miami.

  4. fdugrad says: Mar 13, 2014 7:38 PM

    He was the last person in the ENTIRE league to realize this was certain to happen. Not very perceptive of him, his agent or BOTH.

  5. justareasonablevoice says: Mar 13, 2014 7:38 PM

    Come to the Giants

  6. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 13, 2014 7:39 PM

    CJ doesn’t run hard anymore, lacks effort. If a team is trading for him to be there starter, badddd choice.

  7. aaronfraudgers says: Mar 13, 2014 7:41 PM

    Titans fans are among the best in the NFL. They don’t deserve to have this selfish prick on their team.

  8. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 13, 2014 7:42 PM

    Welcome to New England!

  9. lilpuppy says: Mar 13, 2014 7:45 PM

    realizes now that the Titans are p/o over him not running hard after he got the money and they are going for a bit of payback…releasing him after the teams spend and have no cap space left means he signs for veteran minimum

  10. realnflmaster says: Mar 13, 2014 7:46 PM

    Top 5 franchises in the NFL: New York JETS, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys & Tennessee Titans.

    In that order.

  11. britishteeth says: Mar 13, 2014 7:46 PM

    I’m 100% certain Chris Johnson has never used the word facilitate.

  12. seabrawk12 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:47 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t have Adrian Peterson, Lesean Mccoy, or Marshawn Lynch in their top 5 rbs is clearly NOT someone “logical”

  13. tvjules says: Mar 13, 2014 7:47 PM

    He’s “willing” to take a pay cut? Dude, you’re not going to have a choice.

  14. snookau says: Mar 13, 2014 7:48 PM

    Panthers should trade their last remaining WRs for him. They’re going to run the wishbone. Need more RBs.

  15. jerrysglassescleaner says: Mar 13, 2014 7:49 PM

    His twitter hint. Welcome to Dallas.

  16. elwaysagenius says: Mar 13, 2014 7:50 PM

    Denver could use CJ2k to spell Montee.

  17. robert831 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:51 PM

    How the heck this guy is even in the league is beyond me. He has really sucked since he signed that bloated contract. Not starter material at all, not sure he is even a role player, as he is not a team player. He is a ME player that has lost a step and his field vision.

  18. jolink653 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:52 PM

    As much as I’d hate to see it, I think he’d fit really well in the backfield for the Jets. He and Ivory would really compliment each other perfectly and his personality would blend well with the way Rex Ryan coaches

  19. jeffblast36 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:52 PM

    Let him sit remember when he held the Titans hostage.Would not come to practice . In other words he just did what he wanted to do. Now Titans org just let him sit until after training camp. That’s what he needs for the way he treated the hand that fed him.

  20. tennesseetitan78 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:54 PM

    It’s hard to believe that him and his agent are just now realizing this. 8 mil for the yr does not match your production last yr or even for the last 3 yrs… But I’m sure it’s not his fault.. I was really hoping the titans and CJ could’ve worked out something but everything must end at some point.. Wish him the best.

  21. vegaskid21 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:55 PM

    WOW! It’s getting cold down here.

    – The Devil

  22. nflsucker says: Mar 13, 2014 7:56 PM

    Karma would say the 31 teams show roughly his amount of “effort” in making a deal for him.

  23. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 13, 2014 7:56 PM

    CJ2K realize that no one is going to pay him that much any more? 1 Hit Wonder!!!

  24. 702vikes says: Mar 13, 2014 8:00 PM

    come back up the BEST BACK IN PRO FOOTBALL, future hall of famer Adrian Peterson. CJ we would love to have you as our #2 back , come on down SKOL

  25. tennesseetitan78 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:02 PM

    For all the people wishing he would come to their team. He doesn’t like to share carries, he may say it’s ok in the beginning but will start complaining about it later on. He wants it to be all about CJ. And when things don’t go his way, everyone else is to blame. The whole 6 yrs he was with the titans he never took blame for anything. But hey on some good notes he’s fast, he has the most TD’s over 80 yds in nfl history, and he’s never missed a game in 6 yrs. So I can see a lot of teams willing to take a chance on him. He just needs to come to reality on some things.

  26. slobberknocker says: Mar 13, 2014 8:02 PM

    Titans front office has got him right where they want him now…

    Facilitate the trade, I’ll help him load the truck.

  27. vikesarebests says: Mar 13, 2014 8:04 PM

    He would fit perfect on the vikes. A overhyped no real talent player. Maybe the Vikes can trade there only asset in AP for him. We like getting screwed over in deals in Minny. SKOL So Keen On Loosing

  28. edavidberg says: Mar 13, 2014 8:07 PM

    I’d be shocked if the Titans let Johnson attend workouts and therefore risk an injury that would guarantee him $8 million. And I can’t imagine a team wanting to trade much of anything for him let alone pay him much more than the minimum. He’s been terrible.

  29. denver1983 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:08 PM

    You already know how Elway does it. Welcome to Denver!

  30. nuclearwarfare says: Mar 13, 2014 8:17 PM

    I’ve noticed that you guys jumped on the Raiders for the Saffold thing. Then not a single thing about the Raiders signing Woodley, Tuck, or their potential interest in Raji. And it’s been hours since those signings. Funny how that works.

  31. bman425 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:20 PM

    Worst name and organization In the NFL????

    Daniel snyder’s WASHINGTON REDSKINS!

    Joke of the league..same as their fans.

    Enjoy Golfing!

  32. skipbaylesslovesmen says: Mar 13, 2014 8:21 PM

    How can anyone use the name logical and be a Redskins fan? Is this Bruce Allen? logical to trade 3 1st round picks and a 2 for Mr. glass RG3. Have fun watching Clowney in a rams uniform for the next 15 years

  33. theclink12 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:25 PM

    I think Denver should sign him…they have been pretty quiet since free agency started.

  34. gjags12 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:27 PM

    Is he gonna take a pay cut to what he’s worth? CJ0.5K?

  35. billsmafiaordie says: Mar 13, 2014 8:33 PM

    if im the niners, falcons, panthers, saints or possibly even the patriots i would at least see what the titans asking price was..CJ saying he will take a pay cut for a trade hurts the titans leverage a bit so he come at a relatively low cost in terms of other players or draft picks …Hopefully you can get him to sing a cap friendly incentive laiden deal, but those teams all have playoff, if not super bowl csliber rosters that could use a home run hitting back like CJ, even if hes just splitting carries. Most of those teams also have well respected, strong coaches and ownership that may be able to re-motivate CJ to get back to form…Im not saying hes gonna get back to being on the elite tier, but its not like he had a ton to work with in tennesee either….Say what u want about CJ and what he has left but I doubt many fans would be happy if he signed w thier favorite teams’ divisional rival.

  36. phukurmouf says: Mar 13, 2014 8:37 PM

    Dear Mr. GM Ruston Webster, PLEASE send this selfish money thief to Oakland or Cleveland so he can ROT!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Titan Nation

  37. seatownballers says: Mar 13, 2014 8:39 PM

    Cowboys

  38. anonymous135 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:40 PM

    It’s about time he realized he should do everything necessary to facilitate a move asap.

    Bad business sense any other way, especially when he won’t get half of what he makes on the open market.

  39. ravensbob says: Mar 13, 2014 8:41 PM

    Baltimore.

  40. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 13, 2014 8:46 PM

    If Darren McFadden is worth 4 million a year,Johnson,who has actually done something in this league,got a right to beef a bit,like his attitude or not

  41. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 13, 2014 8:50 PM

    This just in, “No team willing to trade for Chris Johnson to facilitate a losing season”

  42. mrfrostyj says: Mar 13, 2014 8:52 PM

    An overrated running back wants traded? Quick… someone call Ryan Grigson. Will the Titans take a second rounder? Colts are all out of first rounders from getting ole whats his face.

  43. chad504boy says: Mar 13, 2014 9:01 PM

    No team will give Tennessee compensation for CJ on that current deal. Even a renegotiation makes little sense cause if CJ is going to a less desirable place, he’s going to want too much. A good destination should wait for his cut cause it will be coming

  44. miamimike1 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:04 PM

    Since Vince Wolfolk wants out of New England I see Denver trying to snag him before This A@# clown. With snagging another Patriot player as they have been it helps them and chips away and weakens them. Besides I would rather have a injured Wolfolk who has heart than a healthy heartless Johnson.

  45. billbrasky72 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:08 PM

    He should go to MN and replace Gerhart as AP’s backup.

  46. fubarry says: Mar 13, 2014 9:12 PM

    They don’t have a third, they would take that in a second. CJ will play hard for at least next year just for pride. He’s worth a 3rd.

  47. houndofthebaskervols says: Mar 13, 2014 9:12 PM

    Any takers? No, didnt think so.

  48. cheapglazers says: Mar 13, 2014 9:22 PM

    Cleveland

  49. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 13, 2014 9:33 PM

    Not to call names, but this guy is about as stupid as they get.
    What on Earth did he think anyone was willing to pay him that much money for? Something he did four years ago?

    A couple of fluke seasons has made this guy someone who gets headlines when he’s clearly someone to pretty much ignore.

    Totally replaceable and not worth spending very much money on. A generic RB.

    Draft a guy in the fourth round and get similar production.

  50. jwcarlson says: Mar 13, 2014 9:35 PM

    Two years left on deal signed with 20MM signing bonus over 6 years so still 6.66MM dollars of “dead” money there, right?

  51. cags777 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:47 PM

    Well, well, well. Looks like the chickens are finally coming home to roost.

  52. leatherface2012 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:59 PM

    man green bay is really busting a move in free agency. guess their ok with a number 32 defense

  53. purpleppleeaters says: Mar 13, 2014 10:15 PM

    It’s a bit sad when running backs on the fast track out of the NFL become desperate.

  54. rascalmanny says: Mar 13, 2014 10:17 PM

    Reality Check. Hello.

    You would have gotten your money if you didn’t wait until the last two games to start running.

  55. bassplucker says: Mar 13, 2014 10:20 PM

    This guy has got to be just about the dumbest player in the entire league. And that’s even before he starts talking.

  56. leatherface2012 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:26 PM

    he can replace john kuhn in green bay. what does he have now? 13 yards in 5 seasons?

  57. hitking60 says: Mar 13, 2014 10:55 PM

    The Titans have one of the stupidest fanbases in sports. Right there with Alabama football and Kentucky basketball. Everything. CJ related proves it. Sad this is, they’ll be happier with somebody sucking than with CJ producing.

  58. snikerbotloot says: Mar 13, 2014 11:31 PM

    STL NYJ JAX MIA ATL CLE MIA

    My guess is he ends up in ATL

  59. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 13, 2014 11:57 PM

    I think he’d be a great fit on the B.C. Lions. Or maybe the Toronto Argonauts. None of the other CFL teams though.

    Don’t even MENTION any NFL teams….

  60. wrdtoyrmama says: Mar 13, 2014 11:59 PM

    I’d have used CJ a bit differently than the Titans did.

    Good things happened when he caught the ball, but they rarely threw to him, and the Titans had nothing on the O side of the ball, Locker/Fitzy, weak crew of WRs, and they found the TE late in the year.

    Somebody is going to pony up a draft pick for him, and should have a fairly motivated player.

  61. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:54 AM

    Cut him now. You don’t want this guy hanging around your locker room during training camp and the preseason if he’s not happy

  62. magicmtndan says: Mar 14, 2014 2:50 AM

    Chris Johnson is a waste of speed.

    He’s a me, myself and I kind of guy who disappears whenever he gets hit hard.

    His useful days as a player are over. But some team still will pay him millions to find this out.

  63. afcdomination says: Mar 14, 2014 3:59 AM

    What is with the “best in this order” stuff? then you list Bernard in front of Jamaal Charles? In what? years left in the nfl? because he won’t beat him in YPC, he won’t beat him in yards from scrimmage, how is he already better than Jamaal Charles?

    he’s not.

  64. afcdomination says: Mar 14, 2014 4:01 AM

    meanwhile Jamaal Charles is paid about half that, and still doesn’t complain, or really say anything other than that he will play for 5 more years.

    evidently a 5-35 was good enough for him

    you offer that to CJ and he would be offended

  65. d2jump says: Mar 14, 2014 8:43 AM

    Funny how a few months ago CJ said he refused to take a pay cut. Back-pedaling. I won’t miss his blame game, “and things like that”.

  66. wayneflores says: Mar 14, 2014 9:47 AM

    McFragile wasn’t worth 4 million, but Reggie doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. He might just think Johnson is worth overpaying also. If your washed up or on the I-R all star team then Oakland is the Car for Junk cars landing spot.

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