While the lockout is over, it doesn’t mean Titans RB Chris Johnson will be reporting for work right away. A Pro Bowler in each of his three seasons — and a first-team all-pro in 2009 when he set a single-season record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage — Johnson may not be content to play for his $800,000 base salary in 2011.
Johnson’s agent, Joel Segal, told NFL Network on Monday morning that the former first rounder is considering his next move (which could be a holdout). “He’s clearly outplayed his rookie contract. So we’re hoping for a new contract in the near future as the lockout ends, and we can speak to the clubs. Another call will need to be made — we’ll talk to (Titans GM) Mike Reinfeldt and hopefully can explore that situation with Chris,” said Segal.
“Chris and I have, at length, gone over every possible scenario, and we’re prepared.” CJ2K (Johnson’s nickname after exceeding 2,000 rushing yards in 2009) got monetary accelerations in his contract from Tennessee last summer to ward of a holdout.