CJ clams up when questioned about offseason absence

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 5:53pm
Staff reports

Chris Johnson still has not gotten the pay increase he’d like in the wake of a 2,000-yard rushing season.

The Tennessee Titans’ running back saw a major bump in attendance at his annual football camp, though.

“I knew I had a big year (in 2009) and I wanted to come back here in the community and let the kids see me and have another camp,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I plan on doing this every year.”

According to one of Johnson’s representatives, the number of participants in the camp, held Wednesday at Battle Ground Academy, “quadrupled” from a year ago. Johnson said the number grew from approximately 200 to 500.

Either way, that growth was significant.

As for his attempts to increase his annual salary by staying away from offseason workouts and practice sessions, Johnson had nothing to say.

“No contract talks or anything like that,” he said when asked. Other attempts to delve into the subject similarly were rebuffed.

The only time, according to Johnson, such questions were raised was during his brief session with the media. The campers, he said, had no queries on the matter.

“They just really want to get better,” he said. “They’ve been wanting me to teach them and things like that. I haven’t really gotten any questions about it.”

Johnson did note that he has had regular conversations with offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, the latest of which was Tuesday. He also said he planned to return to Florida immediately and continue his training there.

The Titans have another organized team activity (OTA) scheduled for Thursday.

“I’m good,” he said. “I’m working out – ball drills and doing all football type of drills while I’m working out. So I’ll be all good.”

As for whether he’d be in town for the start of training camp on July 31, his response was brief.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Not sure.”

For this one day, though, he was happy to be back.

“It feels good to be back here,” he said. “I haven’t been here since the season was over. So I’m just thrilled to be back in Nashville where all the love is.”

All the love, maybe. But he’s still looking for his money.


2 Comments on this post:

By: nature on 6/16/10 at 6:08

See! Here's another punk who thinks his s#&t doesn't stink! Ole grill mouth's going to fall hard. But, Adams will step in at the last moment and save his butt. I don't understand what it is with gangbanger wannabes and Bud Adams. Tell ole' grill mouth to 'f' himself. Of course 20 yrs. from now, he will have to pull the gold out from his mouth to eat. And since his gold teeth are surgically implanted, that will hurt!

By: not_guilty on 6/17/10 at 8:44

Mr. Johnson had an outstanding season. He is a great running back and receiver, but it is clear that his priority is something other than helping his team win football games.