Arthur Arkash at Pro Football Weekly reports that if Chris Johnson truly goes through with a holdout, he will have leverage in the talks, as the Titans need him if they are even going to be a .500 team in 2011.
With a new coaching staff, led by rookie head coach Mike Munchak, two new systems that need to be installed and a rookie QB in Jake Locker, the Titans are going to be behind the eight ball because of the shortened offseason.
Making matters worse, once the lockout is finally lifted, the club will face several critical decisions, including how to make its most talented player, RB Chris Johnson, happy.
Although Johnson said all the right things regarding his contract status at player-organized workouts in June, we hear a training-camp holdout is imminent if he does not receive a new deal first. Johnson has two years remaining on his current contract set to pay him a maximum of $2.7 million — an obvious bargain price for arguably the best running back in the NFL.
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