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CJ2K: 'No way' he'll take a pay cut

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07:05 AM ET 12.27 | Titans running back Chris Johnson made three things abundantly clear on Thursday. He feels like he's still one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL. ... He'd like to return to the Titans next season and he's trying to ignore talk that they could move on without him. ... He won't take a pay cut in order to return. The sixth-year pro, who made $10 million this season, has 950 yards heading into Sunday's finale against the Texans. He's scheduled to make $8 million next season, so the Titans are expected to look closely at whether he's still worth the investment. Asked if he would take a pay cut, Johnson said: "No way. I don't feel like it's all my fault. It's a team effort." The three-time Pro Bowler said he would lean on his agent's advice if the Titans wanted him to restructure [his contract].

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December 27, 2013  07:54 AM ET

I was a huge fan before he got his big payday. He's a great example of what often happens after getting a huge contract.

December 27, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Is there any team out there who would think CJ2K is worth $8M next season?

December 27, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Don't take the cut. Hold out. For a year or two. Then see if you're even worth he league minimum. Ungrateful ****.

December 27, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is there any team out there who would think CJ2K is worth $8M next season?

Redskins

December 27, 2013  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is there any team out there who would think CJ2K is worth $8M next season?

Dallas.

December 27, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Why would anyone want to have a guy on their team that is so quick to throw their teammates under the bus? "No way. I don't feel like it's all my fault. It's a team effort." Eli Manning may suck this year and throw a ton of picks, but you won't ever hear him call out his WRs, even if it was their fault for running a wrong route.

December 27, 2013  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Why would anyone want to have a guy on their team that is so quick to throw their teammates under the bus? "No way. I don't feel like it's all my fault. It's a team effort." Eli Manning may suck this year and throw a ton of picks, but you won't ever hear him call out his WRs, even if it was their fault for running a wrong route.

Eli does not suck. After all, he's a "elite" QB! No, he's just been possessed by Bad Eli. When Good Eli plays, there are no interceptions and the Giants go to the playoffs. When Bad Eli plays, there are 20+ interceptions in a season. He needs to see an exorcist in the offseason.

December 27, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is there any team out there who would think CJ2K is worth $8M next season?

Team CJ2K

December 27, 2013  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Eli does not suck. After all, he's a "elite" QB! No, he's just been possessed by Bad Eli. When Good Eli plays, there are no interceptions and the Giants go to the playoffs. When Bad Eli plays, there are 20+ interceptions in a season. He needs to see an exorcist in the offseason.

Funny, but you're missing my point :-)

December 27, 2013  08:38 AM ET

A True Team Player, when his contract runs out nobody will sign him!

December 27, 2013  08:41 AM ET

You'd think he would have had the smarts to lean on his agents advice before making a public statement, not afterwards.

December 27, 2013  08:58 AM ET

The Titans were dumb enough to give him 6 years and 57 Million but few could argue that he's worth twice what Jamaal Charles is getting. His agent will tell him that the team could either cut him and take a 6 Million cap hit the next 2 years or keep him and pay him 23 Million for 3 years. He's getting a pay cut weather he likes it or not.

December 27, 2013  09:08 AM ET

In Johnsons mind it is a team effort when things are going bad. The team contributed to the poor record. But when things are going good Johnsons feels that it is because of him and only him.

They are paying him $10,000.00 per yard , $40,000 for every time he runs the ball. $625,000 per game or $20,500.00 per minute of playing time considering the offense is on the field for 30 minutes in a 60 minute game. And guess how many times Chris Johnson has led them to a Super Bowl victory, ZERO.

CJ... $2K is more like the money they should pay him per rushing yard. There are QB's in the NFL with half his rushing yards. Whomever the guy was that signed the Johnsons contract should be fired also.

December 27, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

In Johnsons mind it is a team effort when things are going bad. The team contributed to the poor record. But when things are going good Johnsons feels that it is because of him and only him.

+1

December 27, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Dallas.

Doesn't matter if Jerry thinks he's worth $8M or $12M. Unless he were willing to sign for the league minimum, he ain't coming to Dallas. Hell - as bad of shape they are in with the Salary cap, I'm not sure they could sign him at the league minimum.

December 27, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

A True Team Player, when his contract runs out nobody will sign him!

It has run out of guaranteed money already. $30 million was guaranteed, he got a $20 million signing bonus and $10 million this year. Depends on how it caps out for the remaining years.

December 27, 2013  09:52 AM ET

He's another hypocrite player. When he wasn't making the huge bucks he cried that it was unfair, he wasn't being paid for his current performance and had outperformed his rookie deal. So they sign him to a huge contract (mistake). Now that his performance sucks, do you think he'd say it's unfair they're overpaying him based on performance or take a reduction? Nope.

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December 27, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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Hopefully he hasn't blown his money.

He'll be broke 3 years after retiring.

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