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Fisher optimistic about Chris Johnson
Posted Jun. 23 at 11:19 PM
Most preseason holdout talk doesn't amount to anything; that's the history, anyway. So although Chris Johnson recently said he can't play for $550,000, which is what his existing contract calls for him to make this season, Jeff Fisher thinks his star running back will be there.
"This is something I feel we'll eventually get worked out," says Fisher, in this article by Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. He notes that since Johnson is under contract, he expects him to be there for training camp.
Fisher may be overly optimistic, but talk thus far doesn't appear to have become as ugly as with (for example) Vincent Jackson. In that case the Chargers have said they're prepared to go on without him, while reports have Jackson's friends saying he's willing to hold out for most of the season if need be.
That said, the Titans aren't ruling out adding another veteran running back if need be. "We'll be looking around, I'm sure," says Fisher. Second-year player Javon Ringer has been running as the No. 1 back, while rookie LeGarrette Blount and also Stafon Johnson have received work. Blount is the most interesting name; the undrafted runner would likely have been a mid-round pick but for a suspension last year for decking an opposing player.
As for Johnson, it's too early to get too concerned about his holdout. Fisher is probably right: something should get done before the start of the season, if not prior to training camp.
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