The most recent report regarding RB Chris Johnson and his desire for a new contract from the Titans suggested the animosity between the two sides was "beginning to thaw."
Now we may know why.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports the two sides are "discussing a compromise" that would solve the problem in the short-term.
Under the terms of the five-year, $12 million contract he signed prior to his rookie season, Johnson has reached escalators in the deal that could pay him up to an additional $2.5 million in salary in 2012. The Titans could turn that money into a signing bonus in 2010, and combine it with his scheduled base salary of $550,000 for this fall.
Essentially, it would be a band-aid. The team would give him a bump in money for 2010 until the labor landscape was more clear before moving into long-term negotiations.
Johnson worked out at the Titans facility last week which has to be considered a good sign. If the two sides can agree to something, some think he could be in training camp on time.