Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs with the ball to score a touchdown as Houston Texans safety Shiloh Keo (31) attempts to tackle during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Texans 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans Contract Talks at Standstill

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans Contract Talks at Standstill

Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

My agent and titans front office had a talk yesterday and everything is still at a stand still so it’s a waiting game while I continue to grind

This was a tweet from Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. ESPN and local sports talk personality summed up his feelings with the following tweet:

 

Makes sense. The Titans aren’t in a hurry to do anything. If they end up needing cap space for free agents or extensions, then this will become a bigger storyline.

It’s worth noting that the NFL increased the team allotted salary-cap limits from $123 million to $133 million. Could that extra cap space come into effect and play into Johnson’s advantage? Teams have more money to throw around toward free agents and their own players.

Most media experts are confident that he won’t return for the 2014-15 NFL season. I’m thinking free agency will have a hand in any decision. If the team doesn’t re-sign Alterraun Verner, has a semi-quiet free-agency, and has money leftover, then maybe they keep him? A few things would have to work in Johnson’s advantage but it’s not impossible.

Multiple ways to look at it. What appears certain is that Johnson won’t accept a pay cut to remain in Nashville. That certainly won’t help his chances to remain in two-toned blue.

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