Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Johnson and Agent to Meet with Titans GM Wednesday
Chris Johnson is set to fly into Nashville Wednesday to meet with Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt. The running back has been a hold out all through training camp and the preseason thus far. Johnson has been firm in his stance for wanting a new deal before he takes the field again for the Titans. He has two years remaining on his current deal and is scheduled to make a little over 1 million this season.
Johnson has been very vocal about wanting to be paid like a top play maker, not just a top running back. Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald signed a contract earlier this week for $120 million, so look for Johnson to use this as a gauge for his negotiations. Johnson deserves a new contract, but he has went about getting it the wrong way. Show up to camp with your teammates and play what you are paid to do. I don't care if it's $1 million or $30 million. You are still under contract and getting paid to work as a part of a team. Holding out has only hurt his teammates and coaches, who are in a rebuilding stage and need all the reps together they can get. Johnson will get the money he wants because the Titans can't afford to let him walk, but the team has suffered through this selfish behavior, and it will show early on in the season.