The Titans are ready to make Chris Johnson the highest-paid running back in NFL history – all he has to do is show up at camp so they can finalize the deal.
General manager Mike Reinfeldt told The Associated Press on Thursday that Johnson’s agent was the first person the Titans called once the NFL’s lockout was lifted. The Titans reworked Johnson’s contract a year ago to give him more money in 2010 and promised to talk to him again a year later.
But the Titans want Johnson in training camp before completing a new extension.
“Even though he has two years left on his contract, we’d like him to go in,” Reinfeldt said. “He could go to meetings, get to know the new coaches, he can learn the scheme. He doesn’t have to practice, but it’s something we want to get done.
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“Again, we’re willing to make him the highest paid running back in the history of the NFL. That’s kind of where we are.”
Johnson said neither he nor his agent has received any offer from the Titans.
“Maybe they talked, but I guarantee we never received any offer,” Johnson told The Tennessean.
At New England 47, Jacksonville 12: Blaine Gabbert had an inconsistent NFL debut for the Jaguars playing against mostly backups as top players for both teams sat out the game, the Jaguars scored three field goals on Gabbert’s six possessions. The 10th pick of the draft from Missouri threw for 85 yards on 9-for-16 passing. He played the first half with starting quarterback David Garrard unavailable with a back injury.
At Philadelphia 13, Baltimore 6: Michael Vick threw for 74 yards and a touchdown pass in his only series for the Eagles. Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young and several other big-name acquisitions made their debuts for Philadelphia,.
Joe Flacco played two series and led the Ravens to a field goal on the opening drive. He threw for 60 yards on 3-for-6 accuracy. Ricky Williams, who signed with Baltimore on Monday, was inactive.
At Dallas 24, Denver 23: Stephen McGee threw a 13-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion with 15 seconds to go, giving the Cowboys the victory.
Tim Tebow led the Broncos to two field goals in four drives. The first came on a drive that started on his own 10-yard line and included a 43-yard pass that was perfectly lofted into double coverage. The other drive, however, started 7 yards from the end zone and wound up moving backward.
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