Chris Johnson's Contract Squabble: Who Has the Most to Lose?

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Chris Johnson's Contract Squabble: Who Has the Most to Lose?

While nearly every NFL city has a contract squabble on its hands—from Darrelle Revis in New York, to Albert Haynesworth in Washington, and to a handful of still unsigned restricted free agents—the biggest might be in Nashville, Tenn., where star Titans running back Chris Johnson shows no signs of relenting in his battle with Tennessee.

Last season, Johnson became just the sixth man in NFL history to amass 2,000 rushing yards in a season, and he wants to be paid like one of the best running backs in the game. But the five-year, $12 million contract he signed in 2008 will only pay him a $550,000 base salary (his $3.86 million roster bonus notwithstanding) this fall.

So, instead of “honoring his contract,” Johnson is holding out in hopes that the Titans will restructure his deal and make him the highest-paid running back in the game.

The questions in this situation are who is right, who is wrong, and what do they each stand to lose if this impasse becomes impossible to resolve?

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