Sorting through the Chris Johnson talk
August, 31, 2011
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
The idea that the Titans are suddenly willing to pay Chris Johnson enough to satisfy him is an odd one to me.
But Michael Lombardi says that’s about to happen.
“The Titans have basically said, ‘We want to get a deal done this week’ and they’ve opened up the bank vault and it looks like they are going to pay him,” Lombardi said on "NFL Titans Access" on Tuesday.
Likewise, Lombardi’s colleague Jason La Canfora tweeted: “Wouldn't be shocked at all if they had a breakthrough by the weekend in time...”
Meanwhile, Jim Wyatt says nothing’s changed between the two sides, though they are communicating, and he said he believes the Titans’ reported offer is way low.
Jason Cole paints the gulf between the two sides as still quite large.
Cole tweeted that Johnson wants $12 million a year and $30 million guaranteed, while the Titans are thinking more like $8 million annually and $20 million guaranteed.
If those numbers are correct, the Titans will have to move up the guarantee to live up to their pledge that they want to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in the NFL.
Johnson loves being a star, he loves the big stage. And we’ve reached a time where he knows his chances of being on "SportsCenter" Sept. 11 are fading. I think that will give him some cause to move on his numbers.
Even if he does, there is still a lot of ground to cover. Hopefully no one involved will be enjoying a low-key Labor Day weekend.