Everyone out there keeps wondering what the Tennessee Titans are going to pay Chris Johnson. The man has made his mark in his first few years in the league and he understands that the next five years will probably be his most productive. The problem for Johnson is that he is locked in a deal that extends for two more years.
Make no mistake about it, Johnson is a game changer, but to demand that type of money is absurd. There is very little people who will argue that Adrian Peterson is the best back in the league. The Titans are willing to pay Johnson more than that. Johnson wants to be paid like a quarterback. First of all no one commands that type of money, not even Larry Fitzgerald who just robbed the Cardinals. You can take it to the bank that he will never see any more than the guaranteed money on that deal. The rest is fluff.
Johnson is persistent and willing to sit out the entire season. The bad thing about that is that under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Titans can extend the current contract one more year if he decides to sit out under contract. So that only prolongs the problem. At that rate, Johnson who is about to turn 26 will be 28 years old when his contract expires. Tennessee can play hard ball like the Bengal's and keep him under contract even if he decides he doesn't want to play.
I have my reservations, but there are 10 reasons why the Titans shouldn't pay Chris Johnson.
- No running back is worth what he is asking for.
- Name a top 3 running back that has won a Super Bowl in the past 10 years. I bet that list is short.
- With that much money you can improve your team in a lot of other areas.
- Running backs come a dime a dozen. They may not be as fast but they will definitely be as dynamic as he is.
- Nobody is going to trade for that contract.
- In 2 years 4.2 speed will be 4.3 and you can get that without any miles on it in the draft.
- The organization would benefit more by trading him now and getting some picks for him.
- They are already rebuilding, they may as well replace the last step and start new.
- At his size, he will become more injury prone as he slows down.
- You can't sell him as the face of the franchise because he doesn't look the part.
The last reason may be more personal than factual, but have you ever heard the man talk. Maybe you agree or disagree. Hit me in the comments section.
Anyway Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!