If you work in an office for a major corporation and you’re making an entry level salary but making multi-million dollar moves and deals for your company, chances are, at some point, you’re going to demand a raise, in sports, particularly in the NFL it’s no different. Except office workers can’t hold-out and stay home watching cartoons until their company pays them more.
But it’s easy to understand Titans RB Chris Johnson’s position. Johnson is being paid peanuts even though he’s arguably one of the best playmakers in the entire league and he leads the N.F.L. in yards rushing over the past three seasons. The two sides met on Wednesday, but nothing has been resolved.
The Titans and Johnson have been far apart on an extension, even though Tennessee officials have said they are ready to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in N.F.L. history. But Johnson wants more. Johnson wants to be paid like a playmaker and not a running back.
The problem is Johnson is a running back, and though he is a special one, he’s still just a running back, one of the most replaceable positions in the NFL.
If you look at the past four Super Bowl winners, how many high paid running backs can you count?
Johnson has said he will not report until he gets a new deal and he’s looking for at least $30 million in guaranteed money.
Will Johnson get his money? Odds anyone?