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."

Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

Upcoming Games

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Carolina +7 -110

New Orleans -7 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Green Bay -3.5 -110

Houston +3.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Buffalo -10.5 -110

NY Jets +10.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Detroit +2.5 -110

Atlanta -2.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Cleveland -3 +105

Cincinnati +3 +105

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Dallas 0 -110

Washington 0 -110

@

Oct 25th, 1:00 PM

Pittsburgh +1.5 -110

Tennessee -1.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 4:05 PM

Tampa Bay -4 -110

Las Vegas +4 -110

@

Oct 25th, 4:25 PM

Kansas City -8 -110

Denver +8 -110

@

Oct 25th, 4:25 PM

San Francisco +2.5 -110

New England -2.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 4:25 PM

Jacksonville +7.5 -110

LA Chargers -7.5 -110

@

Oct 25th, 8:20 PM

Seattle -3.5 -120

Arizona +3.5 -120

@

Oct 26th, 8:15 PM

Chicago +6 -110

LA Rams -6 -110

@

Oct 29th, 8:20 PM

Atlanta +2.5 -115

Carolina -2.5 -115

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Pittsburgh +5.5 -105

Baltimore -5.5 -105

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Minnesota +7 -110

Green Bay -7 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

NY Jets +21 -110

Kansas City -21 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis -2.5 -110

Detroit +2.5 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Tennessee -4 -110

Cincinnati +4 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas +3 -115

Cleveland -3 -115

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

New England +2.5 -110

Buffalo -2.5 -110

@

Nov 1st, 1:00 PM

LA Rams -3.5 -110

Miami +3.5 -110

@

Nov 1st, 4:05 PM

LA Chargers -1 -105

Denver +1 -105

@

Nov 1st, 4:25 PM

San Francisco +5 -105

Seattle -5 -105

@

Nov 1st, 4:25 PM

New Orleans -3 -105

Chicago +3 -105

@

Nov 1st, 8:20 PM

Dallas +3.5 -110

Philadelphia -3.5 -110

@