Now that the lockout is officially over, it's time to get down to the everyday business aspect of the National Football League.
One thing I'm paying particularly close attention to is the Chris Johnson situation with the Tennessee Titans.
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I don't see him being content to play for his $800,000 base salary this year.
"He's clearly outplayed his rookie contract," Joel Segal, Johnson's agent, told the USA Today. "We're hoping for a new deal in the very near future. Chris and I have, at length, gone over every possible scenario, and we're prepared."
While Segal stopped short of saying Johnson will hold out, that could definitely be an option. Furthermore, if that's the route he takes, I can't really blame him. Every single player in the NFL is just one poorly placed hit away from their career being over, and since no contract is guaranteed, they've gotta get every dollar they can while they can still get it.
To me, Johnson holds all the leverage here. He's the Titans best overall player and pretty much the face of the franchise, so they really have no choice but to sign him to a lucrative deal. I suppose the only real question is, will they go about doing it the easy way, or the hard way?