Adams: CJ can't get deal 'with way he is acting'
Chris Johnson's decision to stay away from the Tennessee Titans' training camp as his holdout drags into this third week won't get him any sympathy from Titans owner Bud Adams, who strongly endorsed general manager Mike Reinfeldt's stance in the negotiations – or lack thereof.
Reinfeldt said at the beginning when training camp opened July 30 that the team would not negotiate with Johnson until he reported to the Titans. Johnson has stayed away and thus far, the Titans have yet to make him a contract offer.
“I'm not gonna make any offer with the way he's acting. Life's too short ,” Adams told TitanInsider on Sunday.
Both sides have dug in in the matter, as Johnson's camp has said he wants to be paid like an elite playmaker, not just the top running back, which the Titans have said they are willing to do. However, with details of the Larry Fitzgerald $120 million deal coming out on Saturday, the ante may have been upped even more – at least in the view of Johnson and his agent Joel Segal.
It could mean that Johnson might not be back in a Titans uniform even when the regular season opens on Sept. 11 in Jacksonville. Adams said the Titans are prepared to stand firm as well, and that he will not get involved in the talks.
“That could be, but that's his decision. He's got to make that. I'm not going to interfere. If he doesn't want to come in and play, then he doesn't want to come in and play,” Adams said.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com