What, errrr, rather how much, will it take to get Chris Johnson back on the field with the Titans?
We might be a bit closer to finding out.
Much of the thinking throughout the offseason was that Johnson was serious in his stance that he wouldn’t play the 2010 season under his current contract, which will pay $550,000 in base salary. That was the prevailing thought until Tuesday, when The Tennessean reported that the Titans were discussing a contract compromise to keep Johnson from skipping training camp.
On Monday, NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi told us he believed a long-term deal will be done by the time training camp starts.
Lombardi offered more details of what the Titans could be thinking on Wednesday, telling “NFL Total Access” that he believes the team will “sweeten” Johnson’s contract by $1 million this season with additional increases of 25 percent the remaining two years of the deal.
“I believe this will get done,” Lombardi said. “All indications are talks are going smoothly. That’s the key. Based upon the vibe I’m getting from both sides, I think there can be an agreement reached.”
That vibe has definitely changed this week.