This situation is getting serious. We'll keep you posted with latest news!
Saturday, August 6, 2011, 8:14pm
The Tennessee Titans continue to maintain a stance that they won’t negotiate a new contract for running back Chris Johnson until he arrives at camp. Does that mean he would need to practice without a new deal – possibly injuring himself and hurting his value in the process?
Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt on Saturday sounded open to the possibility of working on a new deal even if Johnson just shows up, meaning he wouldn’t necessarily have to hit the practice field without a new deal.
"We’ve asked him to come in. He has a contract," Reinfeldt said of Johnson, who’s scheduled to make just over $1 million this year. "As far as practicing, that’s something we can work out. It’s important to be here and attend the meetings. We’re not asking to put him in harm’s way either. There’s a subtlety there that’s part of it."
Reinfeldt said the Johnson camp hasn’t agreed at this point: "They’re just not sure they want to do that at this point in time."
Saturday, August 6, 2011, 6:07pm
Most fantasy owners are far more interested in seeing Chris Johnson return to camp than Cortland Finnegan, but the Finnegan story is worth following as Tennessee's defense would be a better matchup for opposing receivers if for some reason he's not around when the season starts.
Barber compiled 4,368 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns in six seasons with the Cowboys.
The signing of Barber could be bad news for Chester Taylor making the team. It also could dip into Matt Forte's production a bit more as well. We have Forte ranked ninth among RBs with an ADP of the second round. Outside of a few running backs like Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson, it looks like NFL teams having two, solid RBs is going to be a fantasy fact of life...
Sunday, July 31, 2011, 9:21pm
But he won’t be holding out.
The Texans have announced that Foster, an exclusive-rights free agent (i.e., not a free agent), signed his one-year tender for the third-year minimum, which under the new labor deal has increased to $525,000.
Foster previously has said he’s not worried about the situation, and that he believes the team will take care of him.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson plans to report to training camp in Mankato, Minnesota on Sunday, despite the fact he is entering the last season of his contract. Peterson had a staggering cap number of $12.775 million for this season, meaning it would be in the Vikings' and Peterson's best interest to extend his contract.
"We want to be able to make sure that we get Adrian secured at some point," Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier said. "We're not at that point right now. We've got some things we're trying to take care of. But Adrian is a priority. A major priority for us."
With Chris Johnson and Frank Gore not showing up at their respective camps, it's good to see that Peterson plans on arriving despite contract uncertainty.
News broke Tuesday that the Seattle Seahawks wouldn't re-sign the 35-year-old Hasselbeck. Instead, the Seahawks agreed to a deal with former Minnesota Viking Tarvaris Jackson, multiple sources told ESPN.
It turns out brother Tim Hasselbeck knew what he was talking about when he began dropping rumors of Matt to the Titans last week. Matt Hasselbeck fills a void at QB for the Titans ahead of rookie Jake Locker. Expect Hasselbeck to start for the majority of the year, at least as long as the Titans are competitive. The signing is good news for Kenny Britt and Chris Johnson and also a good landing spot for Hasselbeck himself, although don't consider him any more than a low end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:00pm
The Titans have long been interested in Hasselbeck. General Manager Mike Reinfeldt and Vice President of Player Personnel Ruston Webster both know him from their days in Seattle. Even Jake Locker has a relationship with him.
Chris Johnson owners should keep a close eye on Tennessee's QB situation during free agency. Hasselbeck would keep defenses honest, and that would only help CJ2K's productivity.
Friday, June 17, 2011, 3:25pm
He’s carried the ball 674 times over the past two seasons, more than any other back in the NFL during that time. So it’s natural to wonder whether running back Chris Johnson may have become worn out at times last season, especially with the increased attention defenses were placing on him following the 2,000-yard season of 2009.
New Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer acknowledges he’ll keep an eye on the situation. But he also noted that Johnson kept his weight steady last season and that he was second in the league with 41 broken tackles – which could be interepreted as two signs that overuse was not a big problem.
Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson said there is no doubt in his mind that rookie QB Jake Locker will be the starter from Day 1, citing his draft status as evidence. That wasn't the case with Young, who was taken third overall in 2006 and weaned into action as a rookie.
Of course, everything depends on how quickly Locker learns. When it came other successful rookie quarterbacks, we spent all offseason hearing that they wouldn't get a shot to start until they were ready. At the same time, everyone close to the action -- especially coaches and players -- knew the rookies were going to open the season under center.
Titans players said Locker has some command of the offense. He set players in the correct spots at the line of scrimmage and expressed a command of the huddle that caught players' attention. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan already coined him the "Face of The Franchise."
While it's a good quote from Chris Johnson, the Titans have said they have every intention of bringing in a veteran QB to start in 2011.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 5:11pm
Plenty of folks scoffed at Titans running back Chris Johnson’s goal of 2,500 rushing yards in 2010. When he finished well short of it – Johnson had 1,364 yards – he had to hear about it. On Wednesday, Johnson said he has the same goal for 2011, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
“I have the same goal: 2,500,’’ Johnson said via cell phone from Hawaii, site of Sunday's Pro Bowl . “I want to win more, but I still have the same goals. I want to go for 2,500. … It is very realistic. I had a good season last year. I know a lot of people said I didn’t have a good year, but I did. When you put the stats up there, I had a good year. Some people say I had a bad year, but I set my standards so high people expect that.’’
Sunday, December 19, 2010, 10:39am
The Texans are 3-1 in their last four against the Titans. RB Arian Foster rushed for 143 yards in a 20-0 win over Tennessee at home on Nov. 28. Foster is currently leading the NFL in rushing, and if he finishes with the title he’ll join Priest Holmes as the only undrafted player since the advent of the common draft in 1967 to accomplish that feat. Houston’s Matt Schaub has thrown for eight TDs and no interceptions in his last three games against Tennessee. Conversely, the Titans have been struggling on offense. 2009 rushing champ Chris Johnson trails Foster by 193 rushing yards.
"We are just not running it," the running back said Tuesday. "It is easy for a defensive coordinator to stop the run when you are running the ball seven times. We need to stay on the field and execute plays.''
"Everybody is doing what they have to do. It is that everybody is not doing what they have to do on every single play,'' Johnson said. "It is always a different position messing up on each play. So we just have to execute as a whole.
"It is tough to deal with. But the frustration that comes is not the team stopping the run game, it is ourselves stopping us.''
We can only expect this means Britt will be a full-go at practice this week. Tennessee hosts Indy in a Thursday night game, and it could be a big reason why Britt didn't play last week. The hope is Britt opens things up for RB Chris Johnson and gives the Titans a passing game again. When we last left Britt, he was injured on an overthrown deep ball after going off the week before against the Eagles for over 200 yards in what was considered his breakout game.
Chris Johnson has a long way to go to reach his preseason goal of 2,500 rushing yards.
"We were upset about the way we played the last game against these guys on Monday Night Football,'' Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison said. "We kind of held Chris Johnson all the way to the end of the game and he busts one for a long run in the fourth quarter. We didn't want him to get 100 yards (Sunday). That was our whole entire goal.''
While Johnson couldn't shake loose from the Jaguars this time around, he did manage to avoid the media after the game, skipping out on a scheduled interview session.
This isn't an earth-shattering way to defend the Titans. With just about no threat of a passing game, despite signing Randy Moss and the return of Kerry Collins, Johnson is the obvious focal point. Perhaps things get better with a possible return of Kenny Britt. Johnson owners have a lot of questions as they head into the fantasy playoffs, but hopefully Britt opens things up a bit.