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.