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Tennessee Titans: Larry Fitzgerald and Bud Adams Extended Chris Johnson Holdout

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs for a touchdown during NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 02: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs for a touchdown during NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Carlos SandovalAnalyst IIIAugust 23, 2011

Larry Fitzgerald got paid!

Now that he got paid and Tennessee Titans' RB Chris Johnson hasn't yet, things are looking pretty bleak if you're a Tennessee Titans' fan. 

Thanks to his shiny new eight-year, $120 million contract, Fitzgerald is now the highest-paid non-quarterback in the history of the NFL

How does this affect Chris Johnson? Considering he wanted "top playmaker" money before negotiations even started —while NFL fans and writers alike contested that running backs should never get QB-type pay—now he may want just as much if not, more than what Fitzgerald got. 

That is a big problem because Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson are definitely in the same class, but running backs tend to only play until they are 28. Then they slowly hit their decline. Wide-outs have longer shelf-lives and can accelerate a high-powered offense with less of an offensive line that a good RB requires. 

Chris Johnson should get paid; he's easily one of the top three running backs in the league right now and he's making peanuts compared to other top players. 

Regardless, Chris Johnson saw Larry Fitzgerald take his wad of cash; you get the feeling that Johnson may not get his mound of money at all. 

Let's not forget that Titans' owner Bud Adams is acting like the stubborn old fool that kept Jeff Fisher as his head coach for way too long. Do you want confirmation of this behavior? Here's what Adams had to say about the holdout deal, "I'm not gonna make any offer with the way he's acting. Life's too short."

He's right, you guys. Life is far too short to make an offer to possibly the best running back the franchise has ever seen. It's not like he is the biggest reason the team will accumulate wins next season, right? The Titans have that Matt Hasselbeck brother, remember?

It sucks that we may not get to see Chris Johnson play football (if we're unlucky enough). We all know how electric Johnson is and he's really the only reason Titans' fans will tune in consistently now that Chuck Cecil and Jeff Fisher—the duo who brought a sense of nastiness to the team for the past decade—are both gone. Furthermore, we won't get to watch the most elusive player in the NFL dodge linebackers, defensive linemen and safeties like "Frogger" dodges traffic.

Bud Adams is stubborn, Chris Johnson—and his agent—are greedy and Larry Fitzgerald is rich.

This, my friends, is a recipe for a painfully long holdout.

Carlos Sandoval is founder of NFL blog and podcast, the Pigeon Toe. Follow him on Twitter: @CarloshSandoval. 

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