Indications from sources are that the next move in the Chris Johnson holdout saga could be a counter proposal from the running back and his agent back to the Tennessee Titans.
Johnson and Joel Segal met with Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt and vice president of football administration Vin Marino on Wednesday, but the talks only indicated that the sides remain very far apart. They are expected to talk again in the next day or two.
TitanInsider reached Johnson by phone, and the running back indicated that from the Wednesday meeting that the sides were really not on the same page in the talks.
Asked if he thought he would be in a Titans uniform for the first game in Jacksonville on Sept. 11, Johnson said, “I don't know. I can't really comment on much right now.”
Johnson also told tweeted that he would update the situation via his Twitter account, but later sent out a tweet, saying, "just got advice from a source with more experience then me I'll give everyone update when the time is right."
Though he had no timetable for when the holdout might end, Johnson told TitanInsider, "I'll let everyone know when something happens."
The Titans have said they are willing to make Johnson the highest paid running back in the NFL, more than DeAngelo Williams' $43 million package that includes $21 million in guarantees.
Johnson's camp is more likely looking at upper echelon deals like Arizona gave Larry Fitzgerald ($50 million guaranteed) and Cleveland gave Joe Thomas ($36 million guaranteed) as their target range.
Reinfeldt told TitanInsider on Thursday that there was "no update" on the contract situation.