Chris Johnson Fantasy News
Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 1:10pm
It's time to start inching Johnson back up those draft boards. There have been positive feelings this week and the Titans are reportedly ready to "open up the bank valut" to lock up their star RB.
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Titans & Chris Johnson $10 million apart
Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 10:23am
Update on the Chris Johnson situation. Johnson wants $12m/yr, $30m guar. Tennessee thinks $8m/yr, $20m.
Both parties are expected to talk again today.
Monday, August 29, 2011, 2:54pm
He can come off the list at any time, hopefully for owners, that's sooner rather than later.
Sunday, August 28, 2011, 6:21pm
The whole preseason has been a classic case of bad timing for Ringer, who would have been in line for a big role due to Chris Johnson's contract situation. In his absence, rookie Jamie Harper has been solid. The Tennessee backfield will likely remain in flux all the way up to opening day.
Friday, August 26, 2011, 10:49am
With Chris Johnson contract talks still at a stalemate, HC Mike Munchak acknowledged at some point the Titans will have to consider adding another running back to the mix. But he said the Titans would not trade Johnson, even if Johnson asks for a trade at some point.
“I would think we wouldn’t do anything. We would think he is under contact for two more years; he is going to be a Titan, hopefully longer than that,” Munchak said after practice on Thursday. “I don’t think that is anything we’d give any consideration to. He is with us, one way or the other, and hopefully it is on the field.”
Chris Johnson, Titans "not seeing eye-to-eye" on new deal
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 4:25pm
“I feel like I came in yesterday and they gave me their points and we gave them all of our points,’’ Johnson said on Thursday, “and we are not seeing eye-to-eye right now.”
“Basically my plan is to continue to handle my part and let Joel handle his part,’’ Johnson said. “All I can do is continue to work out and stay in shape. From them seeing me yesterday, (Reinfeldt) knows I am in great shape, and he said ‘you’re looking good’ and things like that. All I can do right now is keep working out and keep waiting.’’
Johnson, who has two years remaining on his current contract, wants to be paid in the range of the NFL’s elite playmakers. He is seeking a deal that includes roughly $13.5 million per year and more than $35 million guaranteed.
The Titans have said they are willing to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in the NFL. That would put his average salary in the $10 million range.
For the time being, we have moved Johnson down to RB7 in standard scoring formats and RB8 in PPR. The situation could get uglier or resolve itself within the next two weeks; that's a lot of risk to take on with a first round draft pick.
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 4:17pm
Titans HC Munchak hopes Chris Johnson’s backup, third-year pro Javon Ringer, will be able to play Saturday against the Bears after missing last week’s game against the Rams because of a hip injury. Ringer missed his sixth straight practice on Wednesday, however.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 12:40pm
Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 2:54pm
Per Titan RB Chris Johnson: "Flying out to Nashville tonight to meet with Joel and the GM in the morning to see which way were going. Could get better or worst."
Sunday, August 21, 2011, 6:48pm
Those who believe the Tennessee Titans should pay Chris Johnson his mega-contract, be done with it and get the star running back in camp have been critical of the way general manager Mike Reinfeldt has handled the negotiations.
But Reinfeldt has at least one backer in his corner, and it is a backer that counts – Titans owner Bud Adams.
The Titans still have not made an offer, even though Reinfeldt said he nearly two weeks ago was willing to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in NFL history.
Since that time, the sides still have not done any meaningful negotiating, and no offer has been forthcoming from the Titans to Johnson.
Adams is fine with that stance, especially since Johnson's current contract has two more years to run, and the fact that Johnson has stayed away from camp since it opened on July 30.
“I'm not gonna make any offer with the way he's acting. Life's too short,” Adams said.
While it appears the Titans are standing firm in their stance, indications are that Johnson's camp has dug in their heels as well in their demands. The possibility of the stalemate lasting into the regular season is becoming more likely each day.
This squabble shows no signs of ending, and the longer it drags on the more we'll see Johnson's stock start to slide.
Sunday, August 21, 2011, 2:46pm
Unlike Johnson, Gore is in camp. He'll be fine to draft unless that changes.
St. Louis QB Sam Bradford plays long ball
Sunday, August 21, 2011, 8:32am
Quarterback Sam Bradford threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson on St. Louis’ first play, and Josh Brown kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rams a 17-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee starter Matt Hasselbeck was sharp, going 7 for 9 for 74 yards. Hasselbeck was shaken up on his final play when Brady Poppinga rolled into his legs after a pass, but after walking off didn’t need treatment on the sideline.
Rookie running back Jamie Harper had 83 yards on 11 carries in the first half for Tennessee (1-1). The highlight was a 46-yarder on a cutback run, and he scored for the second straight week.
Bradford took a big shot in the second quarter, but seemed to have dodged a bullet in terms of a major injury. If Gibson keeps delivering the goods he'll be worth a look later in drafts. And if Chris Johnson's contract situation remains unsettled, Harper could push Javon Ringer for playing time.
Saturday, August 20, 2011, 5:48pm
At least the odds of Johnson getting hurt in the preseason are pretty slim. Johnson's value will slide closer to the start of the season if this impasse continues to linger.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 12:41pm
Chris Johnson sits with two years remaining on his contract at salaries of $800,000 and $2 million. Last year, knowing this problem was brewing but unable to reward Johnson with a top of market contract due to the 30% rule – explained here – the Titans bumped Johnson up by $1.5 million. That temporary band-aid has fallen off, with the Titans probably thinking, “no good deed goes unpunished.”
Johnson's camp wants to move this negotiation away from a discussion of top running back contracts to top overall player contracts.
In researching top running back deals, the high end of the market has truly stagnated and lags behind other positions. This is why the Johnson negotiation is so difficult and potentially game changing.
Johnson's stock is falling a bit, but he's still going in the top 6 picks in most formats. The worry isn't necessarily that the holdout will last into the season, but the conventional wisdom with situations like this is that players that holdout aren't in game shape and are more likely to miss time with injury.
Monday, August 15, 2011, 4:35pm
While the Titans publicly stated they are willing to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in the NFL, those close to Johnson believe he should be paid as one of the top playmakers in the league -- not just for running backs, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
To date, the Titans have not made any offers to Johnson. Until the Titans can find a way to appease Johnson, the Pro Bowl running back is not expected to report back to the team, which sets up the possibility for a prolonged holdout.
There is still time for this to get settled, but Johnson has clearly drawn the line in the sand. Those planning to protect Johnson in their keeper league should perhaps at least think about an alternate plan.