If you need evidence that NFL contracts have only a passing relationship with a player's actual performance, consider this from Len Pasquarelli's original report when Andre Johnson signed an extension with the Houston Texans in 2007.

Well, now Johnson, the rare NFL go-to receiver who doesn't seem to have an inflated ego, would like a little more of that cap space. He's skipping voluntary team activities and wants a new deal to replace the five years and $60 million left on the extension he signed back in 2007. This makes him the second superstar in the AFC South unhappy with his contract, joining Titans running back Chris Johnson as unhappy non-volunteers.

So what is the fan's position in squabbles like those in Tennessee and Houston? Should players live up to the contracts they sign? Or since NFL contracts often offer little in the way of guaranteed money, should fans not fault players for getting what they can?

Corey (D.C.)

What would you do about Chris Johnson if you were the Titans? He is getting paid like the 100th best RB in the league. To me this is nothing like the recent Boldin situation.

Football Scientist K.C. Joyner
KC Joyner

Al Davis has a saying- you have to pay the players. Chris Johnson has a chance to be the most dominant RB of his generation. I'm sure Tennessee wants to be sure he is motivated by the idea of a big future paycheck, but I'm also sure they realize underpaying a player can come back to bite them. If he's playing like an All-Pro, pay him like one. Full transcript

Eric (Chicago)

KC, regarding Chris Johnson...he's under contract that HE and his agent negotiated/signed...play under your contract...you hold out, you lose money, that simple. Will the Titans miss him? Yes. Will Chris Johnson still be the same runner when he comes back from his hold out or after he gets his big pay day? Probably not.

Football Scientist K.C. Joyner
KC Joyner

Eric, I'm not arguing Johnson's contract status or the right of the Titans to take the "you signed the contract, you're stuck with it" approach. I'm merely pointing out how that philosophy can backfire and why Tennessee might want to take a different tack. Full transcript


If you want to be the highest paid at your postion, don't sign long term contracts. Someone else will pass you by within a year or two. Haven't we seen this before? It isn't rocket science. If a player/agent really thinks they are going to be one of the best, keep the contracts short you have more options. Teams want the long term because it serves them better.

-- mrbscot

If most of you mo-rons were good enough at what you do, you would be able to DEMAND more money for your craft. Since you aren't, don't be mad because someone else is. Johnson deserves top 3 WR money... period. If NFL franchises took more pride in their top talent, you wouldn't see many holdouts. The NFL does not often, take care of their own.

-- 0ptimuspr1m3

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