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sling58
08-13-2007, 08:38 AM
Aug. 12, 2007) -- Based on contact talks in recent days, the Kansas City Chiefs and running back Larry Johnson (http://www.nfl.com/players/playerpage/396164) are bridging their differences and getting closer to a long-term contract extension.
The two sides have engaged in serious contract talks in recent days, making considerable progress as recently as Aug. 11, and further talks will take place in the coming days aimed at ending Johnson's holdout.
But the tone between the two sides is markedly different than it was a month ago, before training camp kicked off. Both sides have become more realistic in their demands, both recognize how important it is to get a deal done before the season, and both sides think they can put aside their differences and strike a deal.
It is the first time in a long time that there's a reason to be optimistic. However, it also should be noted that negotiations are at a critical stage, where contract talks could result in a final breakthrough or a signifcant setback.
Working to the advantage of both sides is the track record of Chiefs president Carl Peterson. When deals are getting close, Peterson has a history of getting them done. Both sides are hoping the same will happen now, with the Chiefs getting back the running back they need and Johnson landing the long-term contract he has craved.
Johnson has been a holdout at training camp as he seeks an extension to the seven-year contract he signed in 2003, a deal in which the final two years can be voided after the final game of the 2007 season because of playing time incentives. Johnson is scheduled to earn $1.7 million this season, and is being fined more than $14,000 for every day he misses.
The 27-year-old Johnson rushed for 1,789 yards and 17 touchdowns on an NFL record 416 carries in 2006.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Got this from NFL.com

Coach
08-13-2007, 08:27 PM
According to ESPN.com, the two sides are $6 million apart on guaranteed money. They predicted it will happen in the next 6-10 days. My fingers are crossed.

KC-Krazo
08-13-2007, 08:42 PM
I think LJ doesnt want to play in the preseason anyway.

Coach
08-13-2007, 09:01 PM
I think LJ doesnt want to play in the preseason anyway.
usually when that happens, the player is hurt by mid-season.

KC-Krazo
08-13-2007, 09:04 PM
Yup i agree.I just hope thats not the case

rbedgood
08-14-2007, 12:50 AM
Don't say that...my big $$ fantasy league is built around LJ...

Chiefster
08-14-2007, 12:53 AM
According to ESPN.com, the two sides are $6 million apart on guaranteed money. They predicted it will happen in the next 6-10 days. My fingers are crossed.


That actually is outstanding news considering that just twenty-four hours earlier they were as much as 14 million apart in guaranteed money. I am very optimistic now about this situation now.

Coach
08-14-2007, 12:54 AM
Don't say that...my big $$ fantasy league is built around LJ...
Nobody wants that to happen, it just seems like karma.

Guru
08-14-2007, 12:58 AM
usually when that happens, the player is hurt by mid-season.

LT doesn't even play pre-season games and you can see what his numbers are.

sling58
08-15-2007, 06:18 PM
If our O-line doesn't start clicking everyone will be hurt by week 8. Even the Ref when he gets drilled my a blitzing LB. We can't stop a Girl Scout right now from getting pressure.

m0ef0e
08-15-2007, 08:45 PM
I've heard several times on the radio yesterday and today that LJ and the Chiefs are close to ending the hold-out.

Chiefster
08-16-2007, 12:50 AM
I've heard several times on the radio yesterday and today that LJ and the Chiefs are close to ending the hold-out.


Yup; I just wished they'd get it done already!

sling58
08-16-2007, 02:37 PM
Yup; I just wished they'd get it done already!

Yea I wish it was done yesterday already. Lets get our Offense clicking as soon as possible.

Chiefster
08-16-2007, 03:09 PM
Yea I wish it was done yesterday already. Lets get our Offense clicking as soon as possible.


Ditto that! I'm kinda holding out hope that the offense will be better this game and throughout the season then I and several others are expecting.