Posted December 26, 2013

Chris Johnson won’t consider Titans pay cut next season

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Chris Johnson is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2014. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Chris Johnson is scheduled to earn a base salary of $8 million in 2014. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Titans running back Chris Johnson told the media Thursday that he still believes he’s one of the league’s best playmakers. He also said he would like to return to the Titans in 2014 — but he won’t accept a pay cut to do it.

Johnson is scheduled to make $8 million next season, after being paid $10 million in 2013. His 2011 contract extension worth $55.26 million runs out with base salaries of $8 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016.

The three-time Pro Bowler has seen his production decline dramatically from a career-high 2,006 yards in 2009. While he’s rushed for 1,200 or more yards in four of the last five seasons, the Titans reportedly might be ready to move on without coach Mike Munchak and Johnson’s heavy price tag. This season, he has produced only one 100-yard game but has a shot at a sixth-consecutive 1,000-yard season if he rushes for 50 yards against the Texans on Sunday.

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Johnson said he and his agent would discuss any restructured contract proposed by the Titans, but reducing his pay is a deal-killer, per the Tennessean.

Asked if he would take a pay cut, Johnson said: “No way. I don’t feel like it’s all my fault. It’s a team effort.”

“I know I am way better than trying to get 1,000 yards in the last game,” he said. “But looking at the situation, it is a whole bunch of things that go into it. So I don’t get too down on myself. I know when I get the ball and put in the right situation I can still do the same things.”

“There’s not a doubt in my mind I can get back there,” Johnson said. “I have taken so many hits since I first got into the league, but I can still run in the 4.2s, and I don’t know many guys six years in at running back who can say that.”

When asked how he would feel if the only NFL team he’s played for opted to get rid of him, Johnson’s answer was all-business:

“I don’t think I’ll be out of work long,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. At the end of the day I’ve had a great time here and I appreciate all they have done for me. … I think it would be sad on both parts, but being in this league for so long I understand there is a business side of it.”


8 comments
NizhoniAasteen
NizhoniAasteen

Running backs are undervalued in today's NFL.  They get beat up as much or more than any other position.  They have to get their money up front, and as much as they can get while they can get it.  He accomplished something (2,000 yards) that few in this game have able to achieve.  He then had to beg for his money.  I'd see exactly how much the Titans want to reduce his salary, then make the decision.  But he's right...someone will put some money on the table for him.  

dchiu2013
dchiu2013

Pay the man. No one put a gun to Titans management to resign him. I am sick of fans whining about salaries.  Sports is big business; owners make a lot and every player is a business. 



Bearsclone
Bearsclone

He's right that it's a team effort.  That's why his salary is so stupid.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

When he held out for his big contract I don't remember him talking about his big yard season as being a "team effort" and how he shouldn't get a huge deal because his success was "team success", suddenly when he sucks it is "team effort" in making him suck.  LOL

Perry E
Perry E

CJ will not change. He played down to get his big fat contract, and now he is playing marginally and blaming everyone else for it. He is not a team guy. He is not running like he is worth $8m that is for sure. If he was a team player, he would take a pay cut to about $5.5m to allow the team to get him some offensive line help!! 

CJ does not see the forest because of the trees. The Titans will be struggling until they can get a "TEAM" mentality and the right players to support the espirit de corp needed to win in this league! 


bornindetroit
bornindetroit

Nor should he take cut. Someone will take him. He's not done - yet...

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@bornindetroit Some one will take him, sure, but not at anywhere close to his current salary.  It was a bad contract when they gave it to him and it's gotten worse since.