Chris Johnson Continues to Hold Tennessee Titans Hostage

Chad MintonCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2011

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans is pursued by Seyi Ajirotutu #89 of the San Diego Chargers in the game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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This whole Chris Johnson holdout has gone far enough, but unfortunately one side continues to not cooperate.

Despite being promised to be made the highest-paid player at his position, Johnson has still refused to show up to training camp and act in the best interest of the team.

Being the highest-paid running back in the NFL is now no longer good enough for Johnson. He wants to be among the highest-paid players in the NFL, with only three years of experience under his belt.

Can you say delusional? Does the game of football itself mean anything to this guy, or is it strictly about monetary value?

There's nothing wrong with a player, particularly a running back, aiming for a deal that will secure themselves and their family financially for years to come. After all, it's a brutal game for the average NFL running back.

However, to think that you deserve Peyton Manning money when you've been in the league for three years is laughable.

Meanwhile, the Titans have made an attempt to meet Johnson in the middle by offering more money than any other team will pay their running backs.

What more do you need if you're Johnson?

Each day that passes by hurts the Titans more and more as a team. The rest of the team, particularly the offense, is working extremely hard to make up for lost time due to the lockout—and they're doing so without their best offensive player.

When it's all said and done, the Titans will probably have to fork out way more money than what they should simply because they have no other choice.

Mike Munchak and the rest of his new coaching staff have to do everything in their power to make the Titans as successful as possible. Unfortunately, that probably means paying Johnson way more than he truly deserves.

The only way Johnson lives up to the kind of deal he's asking for is if he leads the NFL in rushing consistently for years to come, pushes for 2,000 yards nearly every year and makes the Titans playoff contenders every year.

Johnson's production dropped greatly last season, and some would argue that it was because teams stacked the box on him.

That may be true, but if you're asking to be among the highest-paid players in the NFL, then you have to figure out a way to produce.

Players like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers and Darrell Revis have the ability to make their teams Super Bowl contenders based largely on how they perform.

Furthermore, most of the NFL's highest-paid players have done it for an extended amount of time to earn their entitlement of being among the highest-paid players in football.

No other player will have more pressure on themselves to perform than Johnson will if he gets his big payday.

If he doesn't live up to his lofty demands, then it will actually only hurt the Titans. The Titans are taking all of the risks—Johnson will have none.

Johnson will have his money, which seems to be all he really cares about.

Three years in the NFL doesn't earn you Peyton Manning money, and you're delirious for thinking that it does.

What happens if the Titans invest that kind of money in Johnson and he slowly begins to decline, which most running backs begin to do after four or five seasons?

It seems that Johnson couldn't care less about the Titans and his teammates, and just wants that big dollar sign. He'll probably get it, but that doesn't make it right.