Chris Johnson has been very vocal about wanting to be paid more after making NFL history in 2009. The Titans wrapped up their second on-field session Thursday, and Johnson wasn't there. The two-time Pro Bowl running back is staying away from voluntary team practices as part of his campaign for a very big pay hike since becoming only the sixth player in NFL history to run for at least 2,000 yards. "CJ's had a phenomenal year," Titans fullback Ahmard Hall said Thursday. "He broke some records that no one would expect an eight-, 10-year guy to break. And he broke it in his second year. I mean, he's the best back in the league right now. He wants to get paid as such." Johnson 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 running back picked No. 24 overall in 2008 started talking of wanting more money as he wrapped up his second season as The Associated Press' 2009 Offensive Press Offensive Player of the Year. "That's something my agent has got to take care of, my agent and upstairs," Johnson said in January, the day after the season ended. "I'm not sure. I need to get Bud Adams' number." Coach Jeff Fisher said Johnson is under contract and refused to get into talk about negotiations. "He eventually will come back," Fisher said. "We are concerned about those that are here right now. He knows what it takes to get into shape and to do those things, but it is hard to get it done elsewhere because the group that is working now is in terrific shape." RealGM Note: Chris Johnson was ranked first amongst all players in season FIC in 2009 and had a Reina Value of +761%. Johnson 'deserved' a cap hit of $12.09M, but made just $1.4M.
Chris Johnson's Absence About Getting New Contract