If Chris Johnson wants a lucrative extension from the Tennessee Titans, he needs to show up to training camp in order to get it, said general manager Mike Reinfeldt on Friday.
Chris Johnson was no surprisingly a holdout in Titans camp. If he wants a contract extension, he needs to come to training camp.
As expected, Johnson remained in Florida while the Titans convened for the first time under new coach Mike Munchak, who said he had spoken to the running back by phone earlier in the week.
“As most of you are aware, we re-did Chris' contract last year. We've had discussions with Chris and his agent. We're willing to sit down with Chris and talk.
We just need Chris in camp to start those discussions,” Reinfeldt said.
Johnson is believed to be wanting a contract worth up to $30 million in guaranteed money, even though his rookie deal has two more years to run. Johnson is scheduled to make an $850,000 base salary in 2011 and was given an additional $1.5 million in last year's restructure.
Asked why Johnson needed to be in camp before Reinfeldt would resume any discussions about an extension with CJ's agent Joel Segal, Reinfeldt responded, “He's under contract. He should be here. Everybody else is here. It's the right way to do it.”
Meanwhile, Munchak will soldier on in his first training camp with 84 of the 85 players currently on the roster, though new quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and defensive tackle Shaun Smith won't be able to practice until next Thursday when the new league year officially begins.
Munchak and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer have been planning for Johnson to be the focal point of the Tennessee offense.
“I had a good talk with Chris. We talked about a half hour. Obviously I've worked with Chris very closely all three years he's been here. We have a certain relationship there, and got along pretty well. We had a good talk,” said Munchak, who indicated that he had expected Johnson might not hold out.
Johnson's situation may have been helped by the fact that the Carolina Panthers signed running back DeAngelo Williams to a deal with $21 million in guarantees, and Johnson's numbers and carries have been superior to Williams.
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