Chris Johnson’s holdout doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon.
Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt says the team and Johnson are so far apart in their expectations for a new deal that the team isn’t even going to bother making a concrete contract offer.
“We’ve discussed parameters. If we can’t agree on the parameters, there’s no sense making offers,” Reinfeldt said. “If your parameters are different . . . and if you are talking a different language then you are wasting your time. We’ve talked to his agent and will continue to talk to his agent.”
The Titans have said they’re willing to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in the NFL, but Johnson reportedly wants more than just that: He may want something more along the lines of the enormous contract that Larry Fitzgerand got from the Cardinals.
If Johnson is looking for that kind of offer, and if the Titans think the sides are so far apart that even making an offer would be wasting time, then it’s hard to see why Johnson’s holdout would end before the regular season begins. This could take a long time.