Johnson explains contract demands
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Johnson said Wednesday night that his goal is to rush for 2,500 yards this season. First, however, he'll have to report to training camp -- something that is in doubt right now after the Tennessee Titans star running back skipped all of the team's offseason workouts over a contract dispute.
Johnson reiterated in an interview with ESPN's Hannah Storm backstage at the ESPY Awards -- where he won the Best Breakthrough Athlete Award -- that he's seeking a long-term deal, but said he'd also be satisfied wtih a short-term solution just to get him into camp.
"I want a long-term deal," Johnson said. "But if I don't get a long-term deal then a short-term deal just to get me to camp -- I have no problem with that."
He said he's not sure where his contract talks stand right now.
"I'm going to let my agent [Joel Segal] and the team handle that," he said.
The Titans reportedly have talked with Segal about converting incentives into a $2.5 million bonus to get Johnson more money for the 2010 season and get their top offensive weapon into training camp when it starts on July 31.
Johnson is scheduled to make $550,000 this season per terms of his current contract.
Earlier, in a red carpet interview with ESPN's Colleen Dominguez he described the contract talks as being at a "standstill."
Johnson ran for 2,006 yards in 2009 and has said he wants a long-term deal with at least $30 million guaranteed.
Titans quarterback Vince Young, who was also interviewed backstage at the ESPY Awards, said that he supports Johnson.
Young said he understands both Johnson's and the team's positions in the contract talks.
"I pray to God that he gets in [for the start of camp]," he said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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