Jun 24, 2011
We have come to the end of another week, and while the two sides completed another round of not-so-secret negotiations, no new CBA has been signed. Meanwhile, the locked-out players continue to work out on their own, trying to replicate a typical off-season, in a year that’s been anything but typical.
Chris Johnson may holdout … The star RB made the same threat last season, but reported after the team tacked an extra $1.5 million to his base salary, which was among the lowest on the offensive side of the ball at $500,000. Johnson is set to make $800,000 in 2011, but is ready to sit out to get something much more significant. His rookie deal locks him up through the 2012 season, but after seeing Chief RB Jamaal Charles get an extension worth about $5 million/year with just a year and half of high-end production, Johnson has stated he wants even more, especially guaranteed money, considering he’s been one of the most productive backs in the league for the last three seasons, including a record-setting 2009 when he ran for 2006 yards and broke Marshall Faulk’s mark of most yard from scrimmage by going for 2509 while also scoring 16 TDs. The Titans are in a transition year with a new coaching staff coming in and QB Vince Young heading out. Johnson was expected to be the cornerstone of the offense, so while his contract doesn’t give him much leverage, his importance to the success of the team does.
Matt Ryan, Julio Jones building relationship … The Falcons have gone through multiple weeks of player-led workouts with reportedly good turnouts most of the time, but the extra work being done between Ryan and Jones, the team’s 1st-round draft pick, could be the most important meetings taking place when it comes to the success of the Falcon offense in 2011. Jones comes to Ryan’s house in the Atlanta area to study the playbook, learn the terminology, and get to know each other in an effort to improve their rapport. Jones played with third-string QB John Parker Wilson at Alabama, and has acted as a translator of sorts between the two to help Jones learn the way the Falcons do things and to show Ryan how Jones did things in college.
- The site of this week’s negotiations? That would be Hull, Massachusetts, of course. Meetings took place at the Nanstasket Beach Resorts, which is located 18 miles south of Boston, and included Owners John Mara (Giants), Jerry Richardson (Panthers), Clark Hunt (Chiefs), Robert Kraft (Patriots), and Dean Spanos (Chargers) in addition to players Jeff Saturday, Tony Richardson, and Domonique Foxworth plus Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith. For the first time since negotiations began back in March, Goodell and Smith stood next to each other and gave brief statements upon conclusion of the latest set of meetings before shaking hands and going their separate ways. Smith said both sides were optimistic when they “have the right people in the room.”
- Reports have differed on Bronco QB Kyle Orton’s 2011 status with the team, but the latest is that he’s “unlikely” to be traded due to the extended length of the lockout.