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Johnson to cash in if he reports

Associated Press / August 12, 2011

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The Titans are ready to make Chris Johnson the highest-paid running back in NFL history - all he has to do is show up at camp so they can finalize the deal.

General manager Mike Reinfeldt said yesterday that Johnson’s agent was the first person they called once the lockout was lifted. The Titans reworked Johnson’s contract a year ago to give him more money in 2010 and promised to talk to him again a year later.

But the Titans want Johnson in training camp before completing a new extension.

“Even though he has two years left on his contract, we’d like him to go in,’’ Reinfeldt said. “He could go to meetings, get to know the new coaches, he can learn the scheme. He doesn’t have to practice, but it’s something we want to get done.

“Again, we’re willing to make him the highest paid running back in the history of the NFL. That’s kind of where we are.’’

Johnson told The Tennessean he was surprised to hear Reinfeldt say that. Johnson said neither he nor his agent has received any offer from the Titans.

“Maybe they talked, but I guarantee we never received any offer,’’ Johnson told The Tennessean.

Jets’ Mangold injured Jets center Nick Mangold left practice because of an undisclosed injury after he was down on both hands and knees for several minutes following a goal-line drill. Shonn Greene took a handoff and went over the pile when Mangold went down with several other linemen blocking. The team had no immediate word on the nature of the injury and Mangold didn’t return to practice . . . In other Jets news, wide receiver Plaxico Burress (ankle) was limited in practice again yesterday after missing a morning walkthrough for a personal matter, but Rex Ryan hopes the wide receiver plays in the preseason opener Monday in Houston . . . ESPN LA announced it will air all the Jets’ regular-season games on ESPN Radio, the result of the popularity of QB Mark Sanchez, a former USC star.

Vick, new-look Eagles win Michael Vick picked up where he left off last year, then quickly took a safe seat on the sideline. Vick threw for 74 yards and a touchdown pass in his only series and the star-studded Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens, 13-6, last night in their preseason opener in Philadelphia. Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young, and several other big-name acquisitions made their debuts for the Eagles, who’ve signed a slew of high-profile free agents . . . Tim Tebow led the Broncos to two field goals in four drives but another college option quarterback stole the spotlight as Stephen McGee ran around to throw a 13-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion with 15 seconds left to give the Cowboys a 24-23 victory at Arlington, Texas . . . Philip Rivers went 5 for 6 while leading an 89-yard scoring in his only series for the Chargers, but Thomas Clayton rushed for a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown with 3:05 left to give the Seattle Seahawks a 24-17 victory in San Diego . . . Kevin Kolb found new favorite target Larry Fitzgerald twice in his Arizona debut but was unable to get his offense on the scoreboard in two drives before the Cardinals rallied to beat the Raiders, 24-18, at Oakland, Calif.

Moss ripped by Childress Former Vikings coach Brad Childress told he was wrong to bring in Randy Moss last season and ripped the now-retired receiver. Childress said Moss “walked in the locker room and vomited on it.’’ The Vikings waived Moss, who had just 13 receptions in four games . . . The Steelers agreed to terms with former Jets receiver Jericho Cotchery . . . The Jaguars are expected to sign free agent pass rusher Matt Roth, who had 7 1/2 sacks the last two seasons in Cleveland . . . The Chiefs signed former Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither.

Umenyiora in limbo Contract talks between Osi Umenyiora and the Giants remained deadlocked, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive told the AP. In a brief e-mail, Umenyiora said there has been no real progress. Giants general manager Jerry Reese offered a little hope by saying he expected to have the 29-year-old veteran back in the fold for this season. Umenyiora maintains Reese told him after last season that the team would rework his deal, which was to pay the nine-year veteran $7.1 million over the next two seasons . . . Bears running back Matt Forte may not play in tomorrow night’s preseason opener against the Bills because he is still waiting for a contract extension. Forte has stressed holding out is a possibility . . . Terrelle Pryor is not yet eligible for the NFL’s supplemental draft. The league has informed its 32 teams that the supplemental draft is set for Wednesday . . . Ahman Green, the leading rusher in Packers history, retired.

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