Munchak understands CJ point of view

Mike Munchak wants Chris Johnson in training camp. After all, the quicker CJ comes back to the Tennessee Titans, the easier his job as the team's first-year head coach becomes.

But as a Hall of Fame player and a union proponent during his playing days, Munchak understands Johnson's point of view in his holdout that has now reached 26 days.

In speaking to the media after Wednesday's practice, held shortly after Johnson and agent Joel Segal met with the Titans in Nashville, Munchak said that free agency was the reason players struck in 1987 and that today's players are reaping handsome rewards from previous players' sacrifices.

“When I hear what lineman are making what even kickers are making these days, it shocks me that that’s the kind of money that this game generates,” Munchak said. “But that’s what we went on strike for in 1987 to get free agency for these guys and it shows you how great the game has become, and I think more power to them.

“Players can only play so long, and I think players are generally done playing by five or six years. I don’t look at any particular situation like (Chris Johnson’s), I’m sure he is trying to get what he thinks he deserves. We would like him here, but hopefully we get it worked out real soon.”

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