Jeff Fisher makes a joke about Chris Johnson's holdout

NFL_johnson3.jpgTitans running back Chris Johnson wants a new contract.  He wants one so badly that he’s not showing up for offseason workouts.  He likely wants one so badly that he won’t be showing up for training camp.

But Johnson will be conducting a youth football camp, and he asked coach Jeff Fisher to help out.  According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, Fisher had some fun with the situation.

“He invited me to participate in his football camp,” Fisher said.  “I told him I’d like him to participate in mine.”

Fisher’s humor reflects a degree of confidence that the situation can be worked out.

“I think it makes sense to get everybody together and I think that’s what
we’ll push for
,” Fisher said.  “There is no purpose, no set agenda right
now.  But it would make sense to get together and try to sort things
out. . . .  We clearly have an issue and we’re going to try to get it
resolved.”

Though Johnson wants a new deal, the Titans’ hands are tied, to an extent, by the 30 percent rule, which limits the ability of teams to give out raises in the uncapped year.  But the 49ers have managed to pay linebacker Patrick Willis, and the Eagles have managed to find a way to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb.

If Fisher is expressing optimism, it apparently means that the Titans are willing to adjust Johnson’s deal.  The real question is whether they’re willing to do enough.

23 responses to “Jeff Fisher makes a joke about Chris Johnson's holdout

  1. I like Fish. He seems to have a good sense of humor and a positive perspective on life.

  2. WK1 vs. Raiders isnt looking too good for the Titans with or without CJ.
    Reason, because Rolando McClain is a Raider and Russell is out of town

  3. Pay the Man. Jeff Fisher is the 9th highest paid coach in all of sports and not worth it. What has he done in recent years? Nothing. Now CJ is coming off a record season and deserves more money. So pay the man what he wants or at least Make Fisher take a 50% paycut and hand that to Johnson because without CJ the Titans would have been nothing.

  4. Jeff Fisher is one of those coaches, like a Bill Cowher sans the rings, that you know is going to be around a while. A positive person, a good role model, and an excellent mentor for young minds is what I like to see in the chosen “Faces of the NFL”.
    If he can win a couple of Super Bowls, he is easily in the talk as one of the best coaches. Until then, he’s just a really great guy who coaches football.
    Now, pay CJ, or trade him to the Fins.

  5. Pay CJ. As far as Fisher “not doing anything” that is not very accurate. The Titans finished 8-8 after starting 0-6 and were 12-4 the year before that. Not many coaches would still be able to get a team to show up and rally to finish a season 8-2 after an 0-6 start. Fisher is one of the better coaches in the NFL. If he had a front office that paid and kept good players they might be more of a contender.

  6. We will blow the Titans out in week one with or with out this little freaking prick.
    The Raiders are back Jack!!! Deal with it!!!

  7. Why would CJ wanna come to the Fins? They didn’t talk about him being insane, he just wants a raise.

  8. A guy has a long term contract then suddenly plays well and expects a monumental raise.
    What about when players don’t play up to expectations and/or previous years? Do the owners call for their contact to be voided or ask for money back?

  9. Silvino says:
    A guy has a long term contract then suddenly plays well and expects a monumental raise.
    ****************************
    You certainly can’t be talking about Chris Johnson, who hasn’t “suddenly” started playing well. He’s got 3200 yards for two seasons (1200+ and 2000+), which is hardly “suddenly” in my books.

  10. @ Silvino
    What exactly do you consider it when a owner cuts a player when they are still under contract? I would consider it voiding that contract, so yes that is exactly what the owner would do. Stop making excuses for the team. Pay the man!!!

  11. A guy has a long term contract then suddenly plays well and expects a monumental raise.
    What about when players don’t play up to expectations and/or previous years? Do the owners call for their contact to be voided or ask for money back?
    Are you kidding me??? The owners just cut guys when they want!! The only part of an NFL contract that’s gauranteed is the signing bonus!

  12. Mike_in_Texas says:
    May 25, 2010 2:59 PM
    WK1 vs. Raiders isnt looking too good for the Titans with or without CJ.
    Reason, because Rolando McClain is a Raider and Russell is out of town
    ————————————————–
    Dont forget they have Tom Cable to. Raiders drafted Russell #1 and paid him millions and millions. Im sure Tennessee is just shaking in theyre shoes knowing they have to play the witty Raiders.
    Mike_in_Texas=Clown.

  13. Raiders beating the Titans in week 1? I guess its not just Al Davis that has lost there damn mind in Oakland!

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