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Chris Johnson: ‘No way’ I’ll take pay cut to stay with Titans

Chris Johnson TitansDon’t expect Chris Johnson to give the Tennessee Titans a hometown discount to stay with them beyond the season.

CJ1K hasn’t been the same dynamic player since holding out prior to the 2011 season. Though the Titans running back eventually signed a 4-year, $53 million deal with $30 million guaranteed before that season, he’s in danger of being cut by the team because he is set to make $8 million next season. Would Johnson consider taking a pay cut to increase the likelihood that the Titans bring him back?

“No way,” he said via The Tennessean.

Johnson then explained that he felt his dropoff in production is due to circumstances.

“I don’t feel like it’s all my fault. It’s a team effort.”

Ha, good one, Chris. This guy has consistently been blaming his offensive line for his struggles the past few seasons. If that’s the reason for his problems, then isn’t he telling us he’s not too special of a player?

Remember when there was all that talk about who’s better between him and Adrian Peterson? Peterson had full-on knee surgery and is still better. That’s a joke of a discussion now, and it’s funny that CJ1K thought he was better than All Day back then.

Johnson’s feelings also don’t seem to be too hurt about not being with the Titans next year. A fan tweeted this note to him:

“You shouldn’t take a pay cut. The Titans also 100% should cut you. You aren’t the same player & a horrible teammate.”

I don’t know what “ralph level” is, but obviously he’s not too bothered by the criticism.

Johnson must be smoking bigger blunts than this one if he thinks he’s going to make more than like $6 million on the open market. Why would someone pay him big money? He’s not a game-changer anymore.

Chris Johnson goes off on his disappointed fantasy owners

Chris JohnsonChris Johnson went off on his disappointed fantasy football owners, turning the tables on them and blaming them for drafting him and starting him in their lineups.

Johnson made his comments on Twitter Sunday night after rushing for just 21 yards on 15 carries in the Tennessee Titans’ 38-13 win over the New York Jets.

“Public service announcement: I can care less about fantasy football. Key word fantasy. As long as we win I’m happy. I rush for 200 n lose y’all happy,” Johnson wrote.

“U r the head coach n the owner of ur fantasy team so u should be mad at urself I didn’t ask any of u to draft me so if I’m so sorry y start me,” Johnson said in another tweet.

Ignoring his shorthand Twitter game, he makes a good point. If you’re a fantasy football owner, it’s your fault for drafting him. I didn’t think he would do anything this year, and that’s been the case. CJ went from 2K to barely CJ1K. If you took him in your draft and continue to start him, that’s on you.

The trend of seeing football players respond to fantasy owners via Twitter has been popular this year. We saw Ray Rice lash out at them earlier this season, and now Johnson has. Last year DeAngelo Williams did it after taking a lot of nastiness.

Who can really blame Johnson for his reaction? Some fans were supportive of him after the game, but others crushed him with hateful tweets. Let’s take a look at some of them. Be warned that the language is offensive in many of them.

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Chris Johnson: All the things Adrian Peterson has done, I did them first

Chris-Johnson-TitansAdrian Peterson has been one of the best running backs in the NFL since the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in 2007. When all is said and done, he could go down as one of the greatest of all time.

Chris Johnson has also been one of the better rushers in the league, but he has declined quite a bit since he rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009 — his second season with the Tennessee Titans. Most people would tell you that Peterson is a better player if for no other reason than work ethic. He rushed for over 2,000 yards last year coming off reconstructive knee surgery, but Johnson wants to remind everyone that he was “CJ2K” before that happened.

“I did it first,” Johnson told Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com. “Not one time did I sit back and say he did something that I can’t do. I did it first. He’s a great back. But I can’t sit here and say out of my own mouth that Adrian Peterson is better than me. All the things he’s done, I’ve done the same things. I did them first.”

When Johnson has room to run, no one is better. He’s arguably the fastest back in the league, but he’s not going to lower his shoulder and run through anyone. Peterson makes his own room by not shying away from contact. Johnson tends to quit if his offensive line isn’t at the top of its game.

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Chris Johnson, Devin Hester got a chance to race a cheetah

Chris-Johnson-TitansHow fast are Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester? We know that they are two of the fastest players in the NFL, but how would they match up against the fastest land animal in the world? Apparently we’re about to find out.

According to The Tennessean, Johnson and Hester recently raced a cheetah for a special that will air in November to kick off Nat Geo Wild’s “Big Cat Week.” Of course, the players were separated from the cheetah by a barrier. It’s also important to note that a cheetah doesn’t understand the concept of friendly competition, so we’ll have to take the results with a grain of salt.

“This is most incredible challenge I’ve ever faced,” Johnson told entertainment site The Wrap. “I wanted to go up against the fastest in the world and test myself, and this was it!”

The segment, called “Man vs. Cheetah,” will compare Johnson’s and Hester’s speed, maneuverability and instincts to that of a cheetah. It will also look into whether cheetahs have hidden weaknesses in their athletic ability or if comparing them to humans will help understand what makes them such dangerous predators in the wild.

“We loved the idea of a face-off like no other between supreme athletes and an alpha predator,” executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo Wild Geoff Daniels said. “This isn’t sports, it’s amazing science. … And we are thrilled that Johnson and Hester — two record-setting NFL pros — are helping to kick off this unprecedented experiment during our network’s biggest week of the year.”

In reality, Johnson probably has a better chance of making good on his smack talk toward Usain Bolt or actually running a 40-yard dash in the time he claims he is capable of running it. Cheetahs can dash up to 70 mph. Michael Johnson holds the record for the fastest human at 23 mph. Enough said.

Chris Johnson will smoke this ginormous cigar if Titans win Super Bowl

Chris Johnson cigar

The Tennessee Titans are a long way from reaching the Super Bowl, but that hasn’t stopped running back Chris Johnson from picking out his victory cigar in the small case that the team pulls off a miracle run next season.

“I’m smoking that if we win the Super Bowl the whole cigar,” Johnson wrote on Instagram this week.

Now that’s something I would love to see. Johnson smoking that entire cigar? Dude would be passed out for a month if he tried that.

Would you look at the size of that thing? That’s not a cigar man, that’s a shillelagh. Yoenis Cespedes swings a bat smaller than that. You could probably crack a skull open with that blunt.

Shoot man, I’m not much of a Titans fan, but if them winning the Super Bowl means we get to watch CJ1K try to smoke that entire thing, I’m in. Heck, I’d even go pay-per-view of the postgame show to watch that smoke session.

As long as he doesn’t get caught smoking it during a game like this guy, I’m sure the Titans will have no problem with it.

Chris Johnson: ‘I have another 2,000-yard season in me’

Chris-Johnson-TitansThere once was a time when Chris Johnson had earned the nickname CJ2K. Those days are gone, as Johnson has been effective at times but disappointing for the most part since his 2,006-yard season in 2009. The Titans’ poor offensive line play has not made life easy on the 27-year-old, but his effort has been called into question on numerous occasions.

During an interview with Jim Rome on Tuesday, Johnson talked about how pleased he is with Tennessee for signing free agent guard Andy Levitre and taking another guard, Chance Warmack of Alabama, with its No. 10 overall pick in the draft. As a result, his confidence remains higher than ever.

“I know I have another 2,000 yard season in me,” Johnson said. “I would love to get 2,000 yards again, but I haven’t been to the playoffs since my rookie year, I want to get back there.”

Earlier this offseason, Johnson made it clear that he is unhappy with the team’s decision to bolster its backfield by signing former New York Jets running back Shonn Greene. However, he is not worried about losing goal line carries if he still handles most of the workload.

“Once the off-season started, being here, being in the playbook and seeing the type of things they’re trying to do, I don’t think it was really a bad choice,” Johnson said. “I’m not worried about him taking any carries. … At the end of the day you want to stay in there. [But] I’d rather have 2,000 yards than have 20 touchdowns, so you got to take the good with the bad.”

CJ also said back in February that he feels he is capable of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, so he is no stranger to setting the bar high. If he runs hard for 16 games, we know Johnson has the talent to break the 2,000-yard mark. The fact that we haven’t seen that burst for three years probably isn’t a coincidence.

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Chris Johnson is not thrilled about the Titans signing Shonn Greene

The Tennessee Titans have decided they are going to stick with Chris Johnson for the immediate future, despite his decrease in production over the last few years. They did, however, bring in a security blanket by signing former New York Jets running back Shonn Greene to a three-year, $10 million contract.

Johnson is pleased that his team has been aggressive in free agency this offseason. But as you might imagine, he sounds a bit flustered by the addition of Greene.

“I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don’t know how we plan on using him,” Johnson said according to The Tennesseean. “I’m not afraid of competition, but I was thinking we’d maybe get a draft pick for the other back. And you don’t give a guy that kind of money to be just a goal-line guy and in tough-yardage situations. So we’ll see what happens.”

Maybe they gave that guy that kind of money because they have no reason to trust Johnson anymore. Or maybe they want to give him some competition so he actually shows up every week. I’m guessing both factored into the decision.

“I’ll just roll with it. Of course I don’t want to carry the ball 30 or 40 times a game,” Johnson continued. “And I don’t mind a guy getting a carry or two. But if I am the main guy and it is supposed to be my team … it shouldn’t be an issue.”

You don’t need to be an NFL scout to know that Greene is nowhere near as talented as Johnson. Rushing for over 2,000 yards is no easy feat, but the Titans running game has not been consistent over the past two seasons. A lot of that has to do with their offensive line (as Johnson has been quick to point out) and scheme, but a lot of it has had to do with Johnson’s lack of effort. If Greene’s presence motivates CJ?K to return to his 2009 form, the Titans will gladly pay him a few million to ride the pine.

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