Titans RB Chris Johnson Not Present for Start of OTAs

Today was the start of the Tennessee Titans organized team activity (OTA) sessions, and Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson was not there, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.

Coming off a 2,000-yard rushing season, Johnson still has three seasons remaining on his five-year rookie contract. Johnson is set to earn a base salary of $550,000 this season, and not only would he like to earn a new contract, he'd like one that made him the highest-paid offensive player in the National Football League. (Peyton Manning is currently the game's highest paid player, with a base salary of $15.8 million dollars in 2010.)

Complicating any contract talks between the two sides is the "30% rule", which limits the amount in which base salaries in renegotiated contracts can increase over the previous year's salary. For the Titans to come anywhere close to meeting Johnson's contract demands, they would have to pay him an enormous signing bonus, which circumvents the 30% rule, but his base salary cannot be changed, as it's already a 30% increase over what he earned last season.

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