JohnsonJim Wyatt reports the team could convert an incentive into bonus to boost Johnson’s $550,000 scheduled salary this fall by an additional $2.5 million.
Is news of this conversation an instance where the team gets its olive-branch offer some publicity? If so, the Titans could be attempting to both sway some public perception and let it be known to Johnson they’d do a little a year before they’d do a lot.
With a lockout looming after the season, however, there are no assurances of what would happen for Johnson in 2011 as he heads into the third year of his original contract.
I never thought anything amounting to a gesture would be sufficient to placate Johnson and prompt him to put aside his issues with his contract, considering he told Wyatt earlier this summer that he wants $30 to $40 million guaranteed in a new deal.
(Don’t jump me -- I understand $2.5 million is not a gesture to normal people. To an NFL player with huge yards, huge expectations and contract that already includes that money later, however, it may well be.)
Until I hear an indication from Johnson’s side that he’s willing to consider something like this, I’m skeptical.
But he said he couldn’t play 2010 for $550,000, and this plan would solve that without him technically giving in. And he's unlikely to do better.