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Jason Brewer

An economics student at Fordham University who runs Bleeding Green Nation

CBA is biggest hurdle

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Chris Johnson's threatened hold out puzzles me more than any other. He may want to be the league's highest paid offensive player, but that's simply not possible in the current labor climate. It's one thing if a team is cheap or a guy thinks he can get big money elsewhere, but the fact is with the "30 percent rule" no team is going to make him the top paid guy in the league. As it stands, the only way the Titans could do that would be to guarantee virtually all of the new money in a huge new contract. No team is going to take that risk. Not in the NFL and certainly not on a running back.

For Johnson to push the issue on his team when they can't make the deal he wants even if they thought he deserved it would be stupid and misdirected. If Chris Johnson has a beef with anyone it's his own union. The NFLPA negotiated the current Collective Bargaining Agreement with the owners and that's the biggest reason why Chris Johnson can't get paid the money he's looking for. He could also get paid if his union got a new CBA done, but they haven't. If Chris Johnson wants to make a statement that hopefully forces an organization into getting him the money he thinks he deserves... do it to the NFLPA, not the Tennessee Titans.

By Jason Brewer  |  May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Houston Texans , NFL , Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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