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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Is Chris Johnson's contract carrot or cake?

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The search for the root of Chris Johnson's problems continue.

I’m not interested in making a federal issue out of parsing his Wednesday news conferences.

But he did say something that you might find telling.

In response to a question about expectations attached to his big new contract that gave him $30 million guaranteed, he said you don’t get a big new deal over expectations, you get it for what you’ve done.

That seems to suggest that instead of regarding the big new money as a carrot he regards it as cake. Instead of feeling like he has to go earn it, does he feel like he got what he deserved for services already rendered?

I don’t think he thought it out or even if it meant anything on an underlying level. I doubt he meant to leave us with that as a possibility.

But it certainly is one.