Titans reward their star

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Just over a week until training camps open and the NFL news-making machine is in high gear.

What normally would have been an uneventful mid-summer Monday turned into one of the bigger NFL news days of the summer highlighted by reports of running back Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans brokering a deal that should have Johnson in pads for the first day of training camp.

Johnson’s story has dominated the NFL newswire since teams began with OTAs.

Coming off a season when he rushed for over 2,000 yards, had over 500 yards receiving and scored 14 touchdowns, Johnson was scoffing at the idea of playing another season for $550,000, a deal, we might add that he signed when he came into the league two years ago and extends through this season and two more.

The Titans, their hands tied with a collective bargaining agreement due for renegotiation, initially said no to a new deal or even tweaking the current one.

But Johnson stuck to his guns and now the two sides have come to a compromise according to Profootballtalk.com.

The compromise is a short-term fix, the only option open to the Titans at this point in the process.

While the deal is not finalized, it is believed the Titans would advance some of the $2.5-million escalator in the deal hoping that is enough to get Johnson into camp on July 31, when the off-season officially ends.

The Titans historically have been an organization that frowns about re-negotiating a deal, but Johnson’s impact last season was so big, something had to be done.

THAT TIME AGAIN

Training camp is close, so it’s time for Brad Childress to head down to Mississippi and see what Mr. Brett Favre is thinking.

Really, he should just save the air miles.

But there was Childress on the weekend in Hattiesburg, Miss., home of the most famous 40-year-old quarterback in the world. Asked what his plans were, Childress didn’t even attempt to disguise his own disdain for the process.

“You can fill in the blanks,” he told one reporter.

We all know Favre is coming back and playing. We all know he’ll delay just long enough to miss the really monotonous part of training camp and show up in time to be ready for the start of the season.

Childress’ time would be better spent devising a way to get the most of the prodigious talent he has at running back in Adrian Peterson.

AN AGENT FANS CAN APPRECIATE

As much as Favre can grate on a football fan, his agent has nicely separated himself from the on-going off-season charade.

In an upcoming interview in Men’s Journal, the opening scene-setter in Bus Cook’s office is a scenario any writer would cut off his pinky finger for.

The writer, Stephen Rodrick, is waiting in Cook’s office to interview Favre, but Cook is the first to show. He’s irate because Favre has told ESPN’s Ed Werder that he may need surgery and Cook’s phone is now ringing off the hook.

“Now why did he do that?” Cook asks. “I’ve got Childress calling. I’ve got reporters calling all damn morning. Goddammit, why does he have to be such a goddamned drama queen? Play, don’t play, goddamn, people are getting sick of it. I’m getting sick of it! Why does he have to talk to these people? What good does it do? Ed Werder at ESPN! What has he ever done for anybody other than say: ‘Look, look, Mommy, I got this first, ain’t I special?’ You got problems with surgery, talk to your wife. Why talk to goddamned Ed Werder?”

Finally, an agent we can get behind.

TELLING IT LIKE HE SEES IT

You’ve gotta love Terry Bradshaw. He sees something, he makes a comment or gives his opinion. When he’s wrong he apologizes but he’s not wrong that often.

Latest to come under the Bradshaw critical eye is Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Bradshaw watched Clausen in college and didn’t like him. Asked about him during a recent

television interview, Bradshaw didn’t hold back.

“I didn’t like him in college and I don’t like him now,” Bradshaw said. “I hear great things about him, but he’s not my kind of guy. I don’t like his motion,” Bradshaw said. “I think he’s too slow. He played for such a big institution, I just thought he was way too slow with his delivery, way too much shoulder action.”

Bradshaw likes to play the dumb schmuck on the Fox pre-game show and does it well, but he’s not afraid to have an opinion. Whether this one is right or wrong, TV needs more guys like him — guys with a proven track record who speak their mind.


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