The Tennessee Titans' contract stalemate with holdout running back Chris Johnson shows no signs of ending anytime soon.
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.