Unsurprisingly, CJ backs MJD

July, 28, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chris Johnson held out in a contract dispute a year ago, though he had two seasons left on his existing deal.

Maurice Jones-Drew is holding out now in Jacksonville, though he has two seasons left on his existing deal.

Surely MJD’s representation is using Johnson’s contract -- an extension that added four new years and $53 million, with $30 million guaranteed -- to help make his case.

Two years ago, Jones-Drew got an extension that added four new years and $31 million, with a $9 million signing bonus and $17 million guaranteed.

Johnson, unsurprisingly, endorses MJD’s search for more.

“I feel like he’s worth a new deal,” Johnson said after the Titans' first practice of training camp. “If you look at Jacksonville, he’s basically their whole offense. So I feel like it wouldn’t be smart for their organization not to pay him. If they don’t, they’ll be doing us a favor.”

What do you think of Rashad Jennings, I asked, following up with a question about the guy currently working at the front of Jacksonville’s running-back line.

“Who’s that?” Johnson asked. “That’s his backup? I really don’t have any comment on that. I don’t know him.”

He didn’t mean it as a shot, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sound like one.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter



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