Titans ready to make Chris Johnson NFL's highest-paid back

The Tennessee Titans say they are prepared to make Chris Johnson the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

But they’re not going to do a deal with him until he reports to training camp.

General manager Mike Reinfeldt told the Associated Press Johnson’s agent was the first person the club contacted when the lockout ended. The team re-did Johnson’s deal a year ago to get him more money and promised to re-visit the matter this year. Now, the running back is missing valuable time and the team is getting antsy.

"Even though he has two years left on his contract, we'd like him to go in," Reinfeldt said. "He could go to meetings, get to know the new coaches, he can learn the scheme. He doesn't have to practice, but it's something we want to get done.

"Again, we're willing to make him the highest paid running back in the history of the NFL. That's kind of where we are."

The three-time Pro Bowl performer has refused to report until he has a new deal and he’s said he would like a contract with $30 million guaranteed. Per the report, Reinfeldt said they have discussed the framework for a deal and the final details could be wrapped up in a matter of weeks.

It’s been a touchy subject. Johnson’s agent Joel Segal hasn’t made any comments and the Titans have been mostly tight-lipped.

"The reality is you hope those players are with you for 10 years and what you don't want to do is destroy a 10-year relationship over a two-week contract negotiation," Reinfeldt said. "People get upset at some point, we all come back, we're all family."

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