Titans ready to make Chris Johnson "highest paid running back"

NY Times - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans are ready to make Chris Johnson the highest-paid running back in NFL history. The general manager says they just need Johnson to show up in training camp to finalize that extension.

General manager Mike Reinfeldt told The Associated Press on Thursday that Johnson's agent was the first person they called once the NFL's lockout was lifted. The Titans reworked Johnson's contract a year ago to give him more money in 2010 and promised to talk to him again a year later.

But the Titans want Johnson in training camp before negotiating that deal.

"Even though he has two years left on his contract, we'd like him to go in," Reinfeldt said. "He could go to meetings, get to know the new coaches, he can learn the scheme. He doesn't have to practice, but it's something we want to get done.

"Again, we're willing to make him the highest paid running back in the history of the NFL. That's kind of where we are."

Fantasy Impact: 

The Titans are bound to get something done with CJ2K -- we shudder to think what the Tennessee offense would look like without him in the lineup. As long as Johnson is holding out, it's a good time to try to get him (in auctions or via trade) at a discount. He's a top 5 RB, plain and simple.

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