CJ At The 2010 Pro Bowl

Much Ado About Nothing


I am most certain that i am not the first person to write about the situation between Chris Johnson and the Titans (if you could even call it a situation) and i am sure i wont be the last.

With that said i would like to go on record as saying that all the coverage on the NFLN and ESPN is nothing more then media personnel looking for something to report on out of nothing.

Let us start out by looking at the facts,  Chris Johnson was given a rookie contract worth $12 million dollars with a guaranteed bonus of $7 million dollars, last season Johnson made a base salary of $385,000 dollars and is expected to make $560,000 dollars this season.  If the numbers look low to you its because they are, but, it doesn’t mean he will hold out.

If you are a player in this league you want to get paid the big bucks and it is understandable why when your next snap could be your last, but CJ2K wont be making any sort of K if he holds out, and with the looming collective bargaining agreement situation and a potential player lockout in 2011 a one year holdout with no pay could turn into a two year unemployment with no check coming from the federal government.  In addition to possibly not receiving pay for the next two years the Titans could also fine him for every practice, game, training camp session, team meeting and mandatory OTA session which would make that 560,000 dollar salary disappear awfully quick.

The Titans have always looked after their star players when they were in their prime as long as the numbers were not outrageous (cough cough Albert Haynesworth).  With the NFL having a rule that prevents a player from signing a new contract that would make him thirty percent more then his previous contract and Johnson not wanting to go a possible two years without a paycheck i would expect a new contract that gives him a 29 percent pay increase with a healthy side of guaranteed money to hold him over until a stronger long term contract can be renegotiated.

I would expect to see Johnson at the first mandatory OTA to remind the Titans what they have and also to show the rest of the team that even though he is unhappy with his pay, he is still here to compete and to play ball.

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  • TNTitan89

    I think you’re pretty much right about the final outcome (30% raise plus a modest bonus). From what I have read, the Titans don’t make any of their OTAs mandatory, so it would be training camp before any fines kick in. I’d really like to see CJ get back with the team now. Staying away is not going to change his contract situation. Everyone knows CJ wants more money, and continuing to stay in FL is not going make that any clearer. Unless he is really willing to sit the year out without a new top-dollar contract, he should get back to work with the team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattafact Matt Johnson

    I look forward to seeing Chris Johnson in training camp and forgetting this whole ordeal ever happened.

  • http://titansized.com kent wilson

    the first mandatory OTA is in June, in which CJ will be there, like i stated he doesnt want to lose money in a situation where he is trying to make more. i’ll get an interview with him when he shows up plus i’ll get the chance to chat with him when i coach at his youth training camp in June as well.

    • TNTitan89

      Kent, are you sure the Titans have a mandatory OTA in June?

      Paul Kuharsky explained that each team can have up to 14 voluntary OTAs and one mandatory minicamp. Last year the Titans did not have a mandatory minicamp, and I can’t find any source that says there is one scheduled for this year.

      http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/10791/checking-in-on-ota-schedules

      The Titans’ full OTA schedule on NFL.com shows no mandatory minicamp for veterans (only the one for rookies that already happened). Many teams do have a mid-June minicamp, but there is not one for TN.

      http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d817d875c&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

      The Associated Press says “Coach Jeff Fisher has no mandatory minicamps, preferring that his Titans voluntarily choose to take part in approximately 14 sessions each offseason.”

      So everything I can find indicates that we won’t see CJ until training camp kicks off in late July.

  • kent wilson

    LOL yes i am sure TNTitan89, i wouldnt be doing this job if i didn’t know what i was talking about or have access to the players and coaches. Johnson will be reporting for OTA’s in June. Even if an OTA says “voluntary” next to it, in June every player knows that if you want anything you are asking for you show up.

    • TNTitan89

      You said he’d be at the first “mandatory OTA” because he doesn’t want to lose money. Yet he cannot be fined for missing ANY of the OTAs because they are ALL voluntary. He cannot lose a dime until training camp, no matter how much coaches expect players to attend the OTAs. Wow…

  • kent wilson

    TNTitan89, if you knew anything about professional sports you would know that even if a player isn’t fined he loses money, he loses money in the long run in the form of what the Titans think he’s worth if he becomes a locker room cancer. furthermore, do not come in here and fact check everyone hoping to do yourself some kind of justice in making yourself feel more intelligent about a topic you truly know nothing about. you want yo play reporter then feel free to do so on your own media forum, if not enjoy the site, i do not have the time to get into a debate every time your brain thinks it has something of worth to provide. good day

    • TNTitan89

      “the first mandatory OTA is in June, in which CJ will be there, like i stated he doesnt want to lose money in a situation where he is trying to make more. i’ll get an interview with him when he shows up plus i’ll get the chance to chat with him when i coach at his youth training camp in June as well.”

      “LOL yes i am sure TNTitan89, i wouldnt be doing this job if i didn’t know what i was talking about or have access to the players and coaches. Johnson will be reporting for OTA’s in June. Even if an OTA says “voluntary” next to it, in June every player knows that if you want anything you are asking for you show up.”

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