Titans' head coach declines offer from absent running back

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 2:24pm

Jeff Fisher figures fair is fair, which is why the Tennessee Titans’ coach rejected a recent offer from running back Chris Johnson.

“He invited me to participate in his football camp, but I told him I’d like him to participate in mine,” Fisher said Tuesday following the Titans’ latest organized team activity (OTA).

Johnson, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2009, was absent again Tuesday, as he has been for all previous OTAs and other offseason activities. He publicly has stated his desire for a new contract despite the fact that he has three years remaining on the deal he signed two years ago when Tennessee drafted him.

The team will conduct one more such workout this week (Thursday), break for two weeks and then reconvene for another round of OTAs in mid-June.

Johnson will be in town for his football camp, June 16 at Battle Ground Academy, but whether or not he will be on the field with his teammates that same week is anybody’s guess. More likely, Fisher said, there will be some sort of meeting between the team and Johnson and his representatives in the coming weeks.

“It may happen before we come back in June,” Fisher said. “It may not, but it makes sense to do that. … I would assume that there will probably be a sit-down meeting between both sides between now and then. We’ll see what happens.”

Fisher has said often throughout the offseason that he is willing to address only players who are in attendance. On this day, though, he did not readily dismiss the questions about Johnson.

That seemed to suggest that he has grown weary of the issue, particularly on a day when tight end Bo Scaife, who also had been absent in recent weeks, was back on the practice field.

“We clearly have an issue and we’re going to try to get it resolved,” he said. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

He did make it clear, though, that his desire is for Johnson to take part in the June OTAs.

“I hope (he will be here),” Fisher said. “Obviously, time will tell. I really can’t predict that. … I think it makes sense to get everybody together and that’s what we’ll push for. There’s no purpose, no set agenda.

“Right now it makes sense for everybody to get together and try to sort things out.”

Just don’t expect to see the two of them on the same football field.