Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Johnson contract calls for Nashville presence
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Among the things many observers suggested would help the Tennessee Titans get their money’s worth out of Chris Johnson was an increased offseason presence in Nashville.
It turns out the Titans negotiated incentives into his contract.
But it’s not that he will gain money if he is around.
It’s that he will lose money if he is not around.
The nine-week offseason program will include 36 workouts. Andrew Brandt reported and I've confirmed that if Johnson fails to attend at least 30 workouts in an offseason, his salary the following year will be reduced by $250,000.
Previously Johnson had maintained that his offseason workout regimen in Orlando was working for him based on his success in the NFL.
That’s OK at time, but when you get the monster payday, the team is buying more than just your Sunday services from September through, potentially, mid-February. It deserves to have young players see the team’s top player at work at other times of the year.
Johnson said Wednesday he intends to do that.
“I plan on being here in the offseason and getting my workouts with the team and things like that,” he said. “It’s not been about just hanging out in Orlando. I have a lot of charity events and a lot of things I have to go to. There were a lot of times when I was missing time here not just really to hang out.
“It’s shorter [under the new CBA]. I won’t say it’s not a big commitment. It’s still a commitment. That’s one of the things about being a bigger leader, I want to be there with my teammates.”