We've had quite a bit of discussion here about Chris Johnson's contract situation. Profootball Talk reports that he and the Titans reached a new deal today. The deal doesn't add any years to his current deal, nor does it add any money. Instead it moves $2.5 million in incentives from 2012 to 2010. Essentially it's a way for both sides to buy another year.
Adds Jason La Confora via Twitter:
The Titans reworked deal with Chris Johnson puts an extra few million in his pocket, and in essence buys the sides another year. The two remaining years - 2011 and 2012 are untouched. So CJ gets enough to play out 2010, but will still be seeking a longterm deal at season's end
I like the deal. I think it's a fair one for both sides, since CJ2K was only scheduled to make $550,000 this year (based on his rookie deal). This is a nice compromise in that it gives CJ2K another year to prove himself the best in the business, while buying time for both sides. Hopefully we'll have a new CBA in place by season's end so that the two sides can come to a new agreement without putting so much guaranteed money on the table.
It's a creative way to solve the problem and I have to give kudos to both sides for doing it.
As a reminder, here are Chris Johnson's stats since entering the league:
Assuming a new CBA gets done when will Chris Johnson and the Titans reach a long-term deal?
2010 (14 votes)
2011 (83 votes)
2012 (12 votes)
2013 (2 votes)
Never (37 votes)
148 total votes