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Chris Johnson: “We are not seeing eye-to-eye”

Chris Johnson

FILE - This Oct. 31, 2010, file photo shows Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson during an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers, in San Diego. From Troy Polamalu’s thick mass of curls to Domata Peko’s fluffy, lionlike mane to Johnson’s dreads to Clay Matthews’ grunge look, players all over the NFL are going long. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)


Chris Johnson met with the Titans on Wednesday, but all indications point to the two sides being far apart on contract talks. Johnson has returned to Florida in the meantime.

“I feel like I came in and they gave me their points and we gave them our points and we are not seeing eye-to-eye right now,” Johnson said via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

The Titans echoed that sentiment in a statement.

“We were able to discuss several different elements of a potential contract, but there was no agreement on those topics,” Titans G.M. Mike Reinfeldt.

We said that we’d start to get skeptical about Johnson being ready for the season if there was no progress this week. Meeting is a step in the right direction. Wyatt believes Johnson wants considerably more than $10-million-per-season, and the Titans aren’t willing to go that far.

Tennessee does want Johnson available for the season opener, though. Promising backup Javon Ringer has been out for the last week with an injury, so the team will likely use third-string rookie Jamie Harper as the starter this week.

UPDATE: Here’s Florio’s take from PFT Live on the latest with Johnson.