It’s getting down to crunch time between the Titans and running back Chris Johnson, as reports say the two sides are talking, and that the talk are starting to result in progress towards a long-term deal.
Johnson still has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but he has been holding out for a long-term deal which would pay him quite a bit more money than what he’s currently making.
The Titans acknowledge that the 2008 first-round pick is due more money, and have already said that they are willing to make him the games highest paid running back. Johnson’s contract received a minor adjustment in 2010, as the two sides were limited in what they could do by the 30 percent rule governing extensions during the uncapped season.
Rams running back Steven Jackson’s current contract is worth over $8.6 million annually, and Johnson is reportedly seeking guaranteed money in the $35 million range.
Johnson is scheduled earn $1.065 million in base salary this season, though with a holdout reaching a 34th day, Johnson could be subjected to over $900,000 in team-issued fines. A new deal will likely push those fines to the side.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated today that the talks are expected to continue.