Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams stated that Chris Johnson’s will not be receiving a contract offer until he reports to the team, via Titan’s Insider.
“I’m not gonna make any offer with the way he’s acting,” said Adams. “Life’s too short.”
Adams was also asked about the possibility of the Johnson’s holdout cutting into the regular season.
“That could be, but that’s his decision,” said Adams. “He’s got to make that. I’m not going to interfere. If he doesn’t want to come in and play, then he doesn’t want to come in and play”
This situation is beginning to resemble that of the Cincinnati Bengals standoff with Carson Palmer. Johnson has already lost an accrued season and hasn’t been in contact with the Titans in the last few weeks so it’s hard to imagine that his representation is all of sudden going to cave in and tell him to show up. There’s a very good chance that Johnson’s holdout lasts into the regular season.
Now that the Arizona Cardinals have re-signed their start player Larry Fitzgerald to an eight-year deal worth $120 million which includes $50 million , you can expect Chris Johnson and his representation to dig in even further.
NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports that Johnson’s agent sent the Titans a proposal right before Fitzgerald signed his deal which is great timing for them since they can better justify the proposal based on Fitzgerald’s new deal.
It’s been reported that the two sides have zero progress in recent weeks which is a pretty bad sign for fantasy owners and Titans fans alike as the season is under three weeks a way. It’s worth noting that the Titans have gotten some quality play out of rookie RB Jaime Harper but that doesn’t change the fact that Johnson is still needed.