We’ve already mentioned that there’s a good chance that Chris Johnson will consider holding out at the start of the 2011 season if the Titans do not address his contract demands. As of now Johnson is set to make meager $800,000 for the upcoming season.
NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora is reporting that Johnson will not be joining the team unless this situation is rectified.
“The idea of another “band-aid” deal, after three highly productive seasons, is not appealing to him, and a deal in the range of the $5 million per season extension Jamaal Charles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last season isn’t what he’s thinking, either,” writes La Canfora.
This situation could be similar to Darrelle Revis‘s holdout from last year. The problem for Tennessee is that they have already made it known that Johnson will be the vocal point of their offense in 2011 which has given him added leverage in the negotiations. Johnson is said to be looking for a deal that would guarantee him $30 million. Considering that the Titans do not have a solid quarterback in place, I’m sure that this is one of the first things they address once the lockout is lifted.