Titans, CJ talk short-term compromise

July, 6, 2010
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If a small contract boost from the Tennessee Titans will temporarily satisfy Chris Johnson and get both sides to 2011, the team could be lining up for some good news.

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Jim Wyatt reports the team could convert an incentive into bonus to boost Johnson’s $550,000 scheduled salary this fall by an additional $2.5 million.

Is news of this conversation an instance where the team gets its olive-branch offer some publicity? If so, the Titans could be attempting to both sway some public perception and let it be known to Johnson they’d do a little a year before they’d do a lot.

With a lockout looming after the season, however, there are no assurances of what would happen for Johnson in 2011 as he heads into the third year of his original contract.

I never thought anything amounting to a gesture would be sufficient to placate Johnson and prompt him to put aside his issues with his contract, considering he told Wyatt earlier this summer that he wants $30 to $40 million guaranteed in a new deal.

(Don’t jump me -- I understand $2.5 million is not a gesture to normal people. To an NFL player with huge yards, huge expectations and contract that already includes that money later, however, it may well be.)

Until I hear an indication from Johnson’s side that he’s willing to consider something like this, I’m skeptical.

But he said he couldn’t play 2010 for $550,000, and this plan would solve that without him technically giving in. And he's unlikely to do better.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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