When Chris Johnson broke radio silence earlier this week about his contract demands, what he didn’t say was perhaps more important than the update on the status of the current non-negotations.
Johnson offered “no comment” when asked if he planned to hold out and if he planned to play hardball with the Titans.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora told “NFL Total Access” Thursday that while there is no update on the current state of talks, the reality that Johnson won’t play for the $550,000 he’s due in base salary is very real.
“I continue to hear from people close to him that it’s not just rhetoric,” La Canfora noted.
I will say that this isn’t the first time I’ve heard from informed sources that Johnson is very serious about his stance. NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp spoke with Johnson earlier this offseason and came away convinced the reigning Offensive Player of the Year is prepared to sit through training camp.
NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci also took a closer look at the situation this week, writing that it’s shaping up to be a “dispute with no hope for resolution.”