Chris Johnson of the Titans is arguably the most talented, young running back in the game today. In just his second year in the NFL, he topped the 2,000 yards mark and was a pillar of the Titans offense. Moving forward, it appears the Titans offense will revolve around him.
The only problem is that he's still working off of his rookie contract. After the Titans selected him 24th overall in the 2008 draft, they inked him to a five-year, $12 million contract with $7 million guaranteed
That's peanuts compared to what players of Johnson's production level make.
He took to Twitter on Tuesday to express his displeasure with the way things are going.
Just got off the phn w/ my agent & its not gd news I'm feeling lk @Revis24 rt now at least dey offering him something dey not offering me nothing
Johnson is skipping all of the Titans offseason workouts in protest of his contract.
The Titans contention is that he has three years remaining on his current deal and that, since he signed a contract, he should honor it.
This is a slippery slope for both sides. On the one hand, Johnson did sign a deal and there is a case that he should honor it. On the other hand....
How do u wnt player 2 honor their contract but the team dont have 2 honor it. If u dont wnt 2 pay a player early dont cut a player early.
Johnson received $1.25 million in bonuses in year one of his contract and another $3.86 in year two so if he's been managing his money well, he could conceivably afford to miss training camp and even parts of the regular season.
Whether that's his plan remains to be seen.
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