Titans Say They'll Make Chris Johnson Highest Paid RB In The League

RB Chris Johnson continues his holdout from Tennessee Titans training camp in protest of his contract. He signed a five-year, $12 million deal in 2008 while blossoming into one of the league's best running backs.

That's the problem -- he's working off of a deal that pays him significantly less than he's worth. The two sides have been talking about a new deal but to this point it doesn't sound like a breakthrough has occurred. The Titans, for their part, say they're ready to make him the highest paid running back in the NFL.

Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt talked with the Associated Press about the situation:

Reinfeldt says they already have talked about the perimeters of this new deal for Johnson and would like to have the running back in camp to learn the offense with a new coach while negotiations are finished.

If Johnson feels he needs a new deal, his only leverage point is to hold out of camp and create a sense of urgency.

We'll see what the next step is but, for now, Johnson's not in camp. Check out Music City Miracles for updates.

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