Report: Johnson, Titans reach accord to avoid holdout

Monday, July 19, 2010 at 5:03pm
Staff reports

Chris Johnson will be with the Tennessee Titans when they open training camp next week, according to an online report. reported that the team and the player have agreed on terms but that no deal has been signed.

The agreement will increase Johnson’s salary for the coming season but would not add any years to his current deal, which runs through 2012. The pay raise will come through the advance of incentives built into the later years of the deal.

The report cited information from “a league source.”

Johnson signed a five-year, $12 million deal after being drafted 24th overall out of East Carolina in 2008. That deal called for him to earn $550,000 in base salary for the coming season.

Johnson said last week during the ESPY awards, where he won Best Breakthrough Athlete, that he was willing to accept a short-term resolution to his contract concerns. Prior to that, he stated on numerous occasions that he was prepared to hold out of training camp if his deal was not renegotiated in some fashion.


7 Comments on this post:

By: budlight on 7/19/10 at 3:22

Whew! I'm so glad that is finally over. So now Chris can relax and get to training camp. And he'd better be good or there will be more "re-negotiations" in his future.

By: bsaut on 7/19/10 at 4:21

Don't get me wrong, I think CJ is a fantastic running back and a great asset for the Titans. However, why is it that when a player who already is making good money due him on a signed contract, can "re-negotiate" their contract after a good year, but, if they have a bad year the owners cannot "re-negotiate" a contract down?

By: not_guilty on 7/19/10 at 5:52

bsaut, an owner can unilaterally "re-negotiate" with a player whose performance does not justify the expense of his contract by cutting him from the team.

By: cval on 7/19/10 at 10:58

While it is true, a team can waive, cut, trade a player that is under performing with little hope of improvement, most contracts have a guarantee built in that has to be paid regardless. In that sense, the contract system is heavily weighted in favor of the player/agent. That is why a new system must be worked out with the player's union that is more equitable. Listening to the media interview most of these players making demands for new contracts because they had a good year, will convince anyone that it is not the player, but the player's agent that is being greedy and looking for any chance to increase their wealth. Most of these players can barely speak English and are merely parroting what their agent is telling them. It makes you wonder what some of these men did for 3-4 years while they went to college for free.

By: house_of_pain on 7/20/10 at 3:53

Good news.

By: fdanshep on 7/20/10 at 5:35

Obviously it was his twitter account that got him this increase. Based on his lack of acknowledgement at the Espys, we already know that his offensive line had nothing to do with it.

By: conservarage on 7/20/10 at 8:53

i thought a contract meant you agreed / legally had to follow the terms of the contract? why does the whole concept of a contract not apply to pro atheletes? didn't he agree to a number of years with a certain salary?