Chris Johnson Not Reporting To Tennessee Titans Camp

June 15, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

Chris Johnson has failed to report to any of the Tennessee Titans off-season workouts this year in search of a new deal.  In a telephone interview Monday night, Johnson told the Tennessean that he was not angry with the team, but did not comment on how long he was planning on holding out.

“I like my team. I’m not mad,” said Johnson. “I am not sure what is going to happen. I am just working out right now trying get stronger and faster, and just been focusing on my workouts. I’ve been trying not to pay attention to anything else, really.”

Johnson was the leader in rushing yards last season with the Titans with 2,006 yards.  He has three years left on his contract he signed in 2008 for 12 million that guaranteed seven million dollars.  His base salary for 2010, 550,000, is not even close to making Johnson one of the highest paid players on the team.

When Johnson was asked how long he plans to wait, or if he and his agent will play hardball with the Titans, he simply responded with “no comment”.

The Titans are scheduled to hold five more voluntary team workouts before the team starts mandatory mini-camps.  Monday was the ninth workout Johnson has missed so far this off-season.

A youth mini-camp will be held by Johnson in Nashville Wednesday, but Johnson said he didn’t plan on going anywhere near the Titans training facility.  Coach Jeff Fisher says he is proud of Johnson for staying involved in community service.

“I’m excited for his camp. He has done a great job out there with the kids. From what I understand the camp has been very well received. There should be a lot of kids out there and I’m proud of him for doing it,” said Fisher

In response to Fisher’s comments, Johnson said he wouldn’t mind meeting the coach face to face at his mini-camp.

“I will meet with [coach Jeff Fisher] at my youth camp if he wants,” Johnson told reporters. “I didn’t ask him to come, but if he comes, he comes. But I am only coming in for my youth camp.”

In the 2009 NFL season, Johnson set a single-season record for yards with 2,509.  He is the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 2,000 yards, and receive for 500 in a single season.

Johnson is also the only player to rush for three touchdowns of 85 yards or more in a career, a feat he accomplished in just one season.  In his two NFL seasons, he is ranked third all time with 3,234 to start his career.  Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James are the only two players with more.

USA sportsbooks have set the Titans chances of winning the 2010 AFC championship at +1400.  Pre-season odds for the Titans to win Super Bowl XLV have been set at +3000.

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