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Deb
06-21-2007, 03:56 PM
L.J. PREPARING FOR HOLDOUT


LINK (http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm)
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson tells Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star that Johnson might be forced to hold out if he doesn't get a new contract by the start of training camp.

"I'm prepared," Johnson told Whitlock. "They [my agent and father] got me saving money. I'm hustling to get more money to put in the bank. They already started setting aside different accounts, if that would have to happen. They're already telling me to be cautious about how I spend, where I go and stuff like that. To make sure that if it goes down like that, then I've got to be able to pace myself so I won't be in trouble."

Johnson said he believes that Chiefs president Carl Peterson is going to "test" him in connection with contract negotiations that could turn contentious quickly -- especially in light of the fact that the Chiefs were making it known earlier this year that Johnson was available via trade.

Johnson's agent, Alvin Keels, attended the interview, and added a few thoughts. Including this one: "The point I'd like to get out," Keels said, "is that if we were to have to hold out, it would be for the sake of good business, not being greedy. I think the picture that is being painted right now in the eyes of the fans is that we're coming into this negotiation being greedy. It's not good business for a player who rushes the ball 416 times in a season, back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons, back-to-back 1,700-yard seasons, back-to-back broken Kansas City Chiefs records, it's not good business for him to come back in and play for $1.7 million. And that's a sensitive area because $1.7 million is a lot more than most people in Kansas City make."

But the real question, as we see it, is whether Johnson is a truly great runner, who will get his yards even with shoddy blocking, or whether his production is the result of the strong offensive lines that the team has enjoyed over the past few years. (But no more.)

Indeed, the retirement of Willie Roaf in 2006 might have directly contributed to that 0.9 yard-per-carry dropoff last season. And with Will Shields now out of the picture, too, there could be another slip in 2007.

And that could be why the Chiefs want to see what Johnson can do with an even weaker wall of blocking before paying him a bunch of money.

Still, we see Johnson's side of it. "If they really want it to hit home, look at Earl Campbell," Johnson said. "He's not complaining, but he can barely walk. He's sitting in wheelchairs. He can't sit at banquets for a long amount of time before he has to leave. It's sad to have to watch him go through what he has to go through. You look at me; I donít want to be like that. But I may end up like him. Who knows? I have to be able to plan for that, plan for my kids. I don't know if I'm going to be running back and forth taking my kids to soccer practice."

So why should he take another 400-carry punishment in 2007 for only $1.7 million? Though it would have been nice if he had considered this before, you know, signing his contract, the fact that he could be carrying the entire offense on his back this season suggests to us that, in all fairness, an adjustment is necessary.

Thus, our gut feeling on this one is that it could very well be another Deion Branch situation, with a lengthy holdout followed by a trade.

If, that is, there's someone who wants him bad enough to both pay the player and pay his team. If, after all, King Carl demanded a fourth-round pick for a quarterback he no longer needed, Peterson might ask for a Ricky Williams package when it comes to a running back he no longer wants.

Bucsfan4ever
06-21-2007, 04:47 PM
Without him, KC would definitely go downhill...they may be headed that way either way.

I've had him on my fantasy teams so I've watched him closely...geez, give it to him...he's given them 110%!

TINO
06-22-2007, 09:20 AM
Without him, KC would definitely go downhill...they may be headed that way either way.

I've had him on my fantasy teams so I've watched him closely...geez, give it to him...he's given them 110%!I'm thinking this could be a crash to normalcy for Johnson this year. I don't like the QB choices, Shields is gone, still no Wr's to speak of, Gonzo is another year older. They better hope the D can help.

Overall though, after the last two seasons this deal should be done already.

SteelerDave74
06-28-2007, 01:46 AM
Wow, I didn't realize this news til I seen it. This is a travesty for Kansas City. He is a great rusher if I ever seen one.

manofsteel
06-28-2007, 05:05 AM
Lj is a very good running back. I dont like the way their offense is going but with PS and TY they got good corners and defense can be OK

DIESELMAN
07-22-2007, 03:23 PM
Johnson is seeking around $28 million in guaranteed money, while the Chiefs have countered with an offer of between $11 and $14 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports. Johnson deserves more than the $1.9 million he's due to make this year, but he and the Chiefs are still around $14 million apart. Schefter writes that Johnson is "entrenched" in his stance, and won't budge until Kansas City's offer is more in line with how he values his production. A long and bitter holdout remains a distinct possibility.

SteelerSal
07-22-2007, 03:39 PM
Johnson is seeking around $28 million in guaranteed money, while the Chiefs have countered with an offer of between $11 and $14 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports. Johnson deserves more than the $1.9 million he's due to make this year, but he and the Chiefs are still around $14 million apart. Schefter writes that Johnson is "entrenched" in his stance, and won't budge until Kansas City's offer is more in line with how he values his production. A long and bitter holdout remains a distinct possibility.


This is big news with our fantasy draft coming up.:popcorn:

DIESELMAN
07-22-2007, 04:00 PM
This is big news with our fantasy draft coming up.:popcorn:
You got that right, its going to be interesting, hopefully the Chiefs FO will realize LJ IS their offense.