CJ2K — or Chris Johnson, if you prefer — has eclipsed 1,000 yards in all three campaigns with the Tennessee Titans, but he’s set to make only $800K this season.
While you and I could run the town with that kind of cash, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports that the three-time Pro Bowler is prepared to stage a lengthy post-lockout holdout in his quest for a contract in the neighborhood of $30 million in guaranteed money. It’s shaping up to be a complex and intriguing summer for the Titans — with new quarterback Jake Locker in the fold — and Johnson’s contract will certainly be at the center of the drama.
Here’s what else is on tap Friday:
- Albert Breer brings us the very latest in labor talks. With Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith fielding questions side-by-side Thursday, is there reason for optimism that a deal can be reached?
- The Oakland mystique is about intimidation, and Adam Rank weighs in on the most intimidating Raiders of all-time in his latest Pick Six. Is No. 1 the “Assassin,” the “Molester” or “Dr. Death”? Check out this Pick Six, too, on the greatest mustaches in NFL history.
- Slots 11-20 in the NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011” list will be unveiled Sunday night, and analyst Bucky Brooks will offer his picks Friday — there’s sure to be a few surprises, so be sure to check it out.
- Undrafted free agent Mark Herzlich plans to outwork everyone standing between him and an NFL job, and he’s putting everything into his preparations at IMG’s campus in Bradenton, Fla. Check him out in the latest episode on “Everything to Prove.”
- Tiki Barber wants to return to the NFL. What kind of teammate would he make? Michael Strahan, who played with Barber on the New York Giants, joins Warren Sapp to weigh in on Tiki’s fate on “The Rich Eisen Podcast,” and they’re not exactly complimentary.
- Peyton and Eli Manning are wearing badges these days, and you won’t want to miss what they’re doing with them. A wonderful ad from DirecTV.
- The Kansas City Chiefs bused into Joplin, Mo., on Thursday and got their first look at the devastation caused by last month’s mammoth tornado, and they were stunned. Then they got down to work.