Johnson, due to make $800,000 this season, is unlikely to go for that. Johnson’s got far more of the public on his side now, considering DeAngelo Williams just got $21 million guaranteed from the Panthers.
The Titans did say after shuffling money around to give Johnson more sooner in 2010 that they would talk contract before this camp, but Reinfeldt claimed some moral high ground for the franchise. Asked why it’s important the process unfold the way he outlined, he said: “He is under contract. He should be here. It’s the right way to do it.”
Johnson follows a long list of running backs who have held out to try and make more money – Emmit Smith with Dallas, Barry Foster with the Steelers, Larry Johnson with the Chiefs, Jammal Anderson with Atlanta just to name a few over the years. At the end of the day, Johnson will get a new deal, and he’ll be a Titan and in camp late in 2011.