Johnson 'not mad' at Titans
Chris Johnson still hasn't attended a Titans workout this offseason as he campaigns for a new contract, but the running back said Monday night that he doesn't hold a grudge against the team.
"I like my team. I'm not mad,'" Johnson told the (Nashville) Tennessean in a telephone interview. "I am not sure what is going to happen. I am just working out right now trying to get stronger and faster, and just been focusing on my workouts. I've been trying not to pay attention to anything else, really."
However, that doesn't mean he plans to report for the team's workouts anytime soon. When asked if he planned to hold out until he gets a new deal, Johnson told the Tennessean: "No comment."
He repeated the statement when asked by the Tennessean if he and his agent planned to play "hardball" with the Titans.
On Tuesday through his Twitter page, Johnson said that negotiations with the Titans have not improved.
"Its like how u expect ur players to give they all and put their bodies on the line when you not willing to give them what they deserve.
"How do u wnt player 2 honor their contract but the team dont have 2 honor it. If u dont wnt 2 pay a player early dont cut a player early."
Johnson, who led the NFL last season with 2,006 rushing yards, has three years left on the $12 million contract he signed in 2008 that featured $7 million guaranteed. But his base salary for 2010 doesn't even put him close to being one of the best-paid players on the Titans, let alone the NFL. Johnson is due $550,000 for 2010.
The Titans have five more voluntary workouts scheduled this month. Johnson missed his ninth voluntary workout with the team Monday.
Johnson is scheduled to host a youth camp in the Nashville area on Wednesday but he told the Tennessean that he has no plans to visit the Titans' training complex.
"I will meet with [coach Jeff Fisher] at my youth camp if he wants," Johnson told the newspaper. "I didn't ask him to come, but if he comes, he comes. But I am only coming in for my youth camp."
Fisher didn't dismiss Johnson's offer to talk Wednesday.
"There is always a chance," Fisher said. "He invited me [previously] and my invitation is still open to him for my camp."
In 2009, Johnson also set the single-season record for yards from scrimmage with 2,509. He became the first player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards and catch 500 yards in the same season.
He also became the first player in NFL history to rush for three touchdowns of 85 yards or longer in a career, which he did in one season. Through two seasons, Johnson ranks third in NFL history with 3,234 yards to start his career. Only Eric Dickerson (3,913) and Edgerrin James (3,262) ran for more in their first two seasons.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky was used in this report.
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