Lil Wayne lookalike and dental hygienist’s retirement plan Chris Johnson, or C2K to fantasy owners, would like to get stupid paid; talking Bud Cramer “Mad Money.” The Tennessee Titans, who basically have their entire offense riding on C2K, have so far declined.
Johnson said last year that he wanted a new deal with $30 million in guaranteed money. The Titans revised his contract by boosting his 2010 salary by $1.5 million to $2.05 million to convince the running back to report.
Johnson is heading into his fourth season and due to make $800,000 in base salary. The final two years of his deal can max out at roughly $2.7 million.
Part of the problem is that running backs typically are not paid as well as some of the league’s other top players. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the league’s highest-paid running back at $10.7 million. DeAngelo Williams received $21 million guaranteed from the Carolina Panthers to re-sign this offseason.
Johnson has rushed for 4,598 yards and 34 touchdowns during his three seasons. He also has caught 137 passes for 1,008 more yards and four more touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Eddie George lifted his head from some Ohio State muff to chime in that C2K needs to get his; and I concur. NFL deals are basically a series of 1-year contracts anyway; and it’s not like RBs are going to be playing for 20 years. Keeping up those grills alone is going to cost mucho dinero, so pay da man!
They say breaking up is never easy to do. Sen. Clay Davis says, “Sheeeeeeeeit!” When you’re Titans owner Bud Adams, it’s as easy as throwing up the middle finger. It’s also much easier when you’re the vouyeur and force someone else to be in the relationship.
“Vince will not be on our roster next season. I want to offer my personal thanks to Vince for all of his positive contributions to the club. These kinds of decisions are never easy and this is especially true for this particular player. I certainly wish that things would have worked out better, but I think it is best for the franchise that we move on at this point.”
Coach Jeff Fisher is still waiting to hear whether he’ll be in Nashville next fall but he has to be relieved that he no longer has to deal with the emotionally volatile Young.
Things came to a head this season after Young injured his thumb during the Titans game against the Redskins. He threw a temper tantrum and cussed Fisher out in front of the team afterwards. However that wasn’t the first time they danced.
Young was seen as a tantalizing prospect after leading Texas to a national title and scoring a magnificently low 6 on his Wonderlic test. He’s shown flashes of the talent that made many teams take notice over the past couple seasons but more times than not, he’s exhibited the maturity of a 12 year old.
After injuring himself during the 2008 season, Young made several mentions of suicide to his therapist. She called Fisher in a panic after the quarterback left with a gun. He called the police and the search was on to find him before he did something drastic. Young was found after four hours later and his agent claimed he was eating chicken with a friend. Yao even.
We’re told the manager is from Oklahoma and flashed an upside down “hook ‘em horns” hand signal and said “F**k the Longhorns” to Vince — who, if you don’t know, was a National Championship quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns.
That’s when Vince allegedly socked the manager in the face and had to be dragged out of the club, according to sources.
There’s also the issue of Young crying on the sidelines but enough about that. He needs to be sent off with a proper musical tribute but I couldn’t decide on a song. Here are the two finalists. Let us know if you have any other suggestions.
Kicked Out The House by De La Soul
After The Love Is Gone by Earth, Wind and Fire
We kid cause that’s how we does. Seriously here’s hoping Young gets some help and lands on his feet with a different team. He can still do good things if he can get his head straight. There’s no reason teams should be relying on Jake Delhomme, Alex Smith and Brian St. Pierre when players like Young are out there.
You know how in Madden when you perfectly time hitting the triangle or Y button and you leap over a defender? Yeah, this is like that. This is from last night’s Monday Night Football game where the Titans beat down the Cardinals 24-10.
There’s one thing you can say about Vince Young on Black Super Bowl weekend this year. At least he kept his shirt on this time.
Young’s benching by Jeff Fisher matured him in more ways than one. He has better poise on the field. He keeps his shirt on when he’s drunk off the field unlike Jeff Reed. He still can’t work the pole but there’s plenty of time for that.
What an example. It’s too bad that more professional athletes don’t think about the next chapter of their lives after the glory days are over. Get out there and be somebody!