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08:03 AM ET 08.16 | A Monday tweet suggested Chris Johnson was looking for more than $10M a year -- but, either way, the parties aren't close. The two sides remain in a stalemate because the Titans still refuse to make an offer and Johnson has dug in with his stance that he won't show up until he gets one. And right now, there's no end in sight. ... [Johnson] considers himself to be in a different class than those players previously mentioned, and he should. No one in the NFL has rushed for more yards in the past three seasons. So it could take paying Johnson as one of the game's "elite" players -- not just the top running back -- to get him to camp. Some would argue he deserves to be in that category, while others disagree. It's an interesting debate. Right now, the two sides aren't even at a starting point.

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August 16, 2011  08:06 AM ET

Titian's suck!

August 16, 2011  08:07 AM ET

Yes they do, but Johnson is pretty amazing.

August 16, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Holdouts typically do not end well. The player comes back in sub-optimal shape, gets hurt because of it, and has a below average season.

August 16, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Did anybody catch the Titans preseason game? Locker looked good (I know it's only preseason) but really how weird did Hasselbeck look in powder blue?

August 16, 2011  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Titian's suck!

Say it again, Has a nice ring to it!!

August 16, 2011  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Holdouts typically do not end well. The player comes back in sub-optimal shape, gets hurt because of it, and has a below average season.

Case in point Darrelle Revis last year.... other than he went on to have a decent season.

August 16, 2011  08:16 AM ET

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There you go, gave you the deluxe!

August 16, 2011  08:17 AM ET

TITIAN'S SUCK!





it is early!

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August 16, 2011  08:28 AM ET

I can't understand why they're alienating this guy. He's pretty much all they've got.

August 16, 2011  08:29 AM ET
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TITIAN'S SUCK !it is early!

It is, but now try putting "Johnson" into the mix in a way that won't offend the mods.

August 16, 2011  08:31 AM ET

Show me da money...

August 16, 2011  08:37 AM ET
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I can't understand why they're alienating this guy. He's pretty much all they've got.

Didn't they say last week that they had made him an offer that would make him happy? And didn't he say that he hadn't heard from them?

There's a disconnect here somewhere. Maybe they need a new cell phone plan.

August 16, 2011  08:39 AM ET
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Didn't they say last week that they had made him an offer that would make him happy? And didn't he say that he hadn't heard from them?There's a disconnect here somewhere. Maybe they need a new cell phone plan.

Abolsutely correct. Something in the vein of making him the highest paid running back. Johnson awaits the call.

August 16, 2011  08:42 AM ET

The announcers babbled something about this at halftime last night, he doesn't want to be the highest paid RB, he wants to be the highest paid player in the league, around 13M /yr

August 16, 2011  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

TITIAN'S SUCK!it is early!

*Titans

August 16, 2011  08:52 AM ET

The problem with paying RB's so much money is that with the exception of a few they historically have short careers. They usually have 1-2 good seans and then quickly go downhill from there.

The Titans could pay him the $12-13 million per year he wants but its the length that could bite them in the ****.

August 16, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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The announcers babbled something about this at halftime last night, he doesn't want to be the highest paid RB, he wants to be the highest paid player in the league, around 13M /yr

Dumb move. Take the highest-paid-running-back offer, make sure it's front-loaded, and see how many years you can play. Holding out for Peyton Manning money with the new lower salary cap is going to mean no paychecks at all.

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August 16, 2011  09:02 AM ET

Johnson could wind up catching swing passes from Carson Palmer in the all-unemployed game.

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