Saturday, February 2, 2013
Johnson prepping for post-Titans life?
By AJ Mass
Chris Johnson gets a lot of flack from fans due to his decline in production from his 2,006 yard season in 2009. It's not surprising to hear fans make all sorts of puns based on his "CJ2K" nickname, with the value affixed to the end of his initials spiraling ever downward as disappointment in his inability to return to that lofty plateau grows.
If Johnson remains on the Tennessee Titans roster beyond next Saturday, then $9 million of the running backs's $10 million base salary becomes guaranteed. Johnson isn't so sure that he's going to get that money. Tennessee has brought in yet another coach to try and inspire the Titans rushing attack - Sylvester Croom from Jacksonville - but in an interview in New Orleans this week, Johnson's lack of excitement with the news was apparent.
Whenever a player starts talking about his current team's playoff potential for the future and makes mention that he really doesn't see one, odds are that player won't be around when the team does finally put all the pieces together. Could Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew swap uniforms in an effort to give both backs a fresh start? Time will tell.
Paul KuharskyChris Johnson: Money didn't change me
"Shortly after the new league year starts, $9 million of Chris Johnson’s $10 million base salary locks in as guaranteed. Indications at the end of the season were the team planned to follow through with that guarantee, but Johnson (said) he still won’t be surprised if the team decides to pull out of the contract and there would be no bad blood as a result."