Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said yesterday the Titans would like to meet and talk with unhappy running back Chris Johnson before the team's next minicamps in June.
Johnson has stayed away from the team's offseason program and voluntary minicamps including yesterday's session. The Associated Press NFL 2009 Offensive Player of the Year wants a pay hike after becoming the sixth man in league history to rush for at least 2,000 yards.
The Titans have argued publicly that Johnson has 3 years left on the 5-year, $12 million deal signed in 2008 that guaranteed him about $7 million.
"I think it makes sense to get everybody together, and I think that's what we'll push for," Fisher said.
Johnson has said he'd like to become the highest paid offensive player in the league, which is unlikely for a running back. Right now he isn't even the highest-paid running back on his own team with a scheduled $550,000 salary for 2010.
Johnson isn't the team's only player unhappy with his contract. Tight end Bo Scaife, who signed a 1-year tender for $4.9 million, joined the offseason program Monday and was on the field for his first minicamp session yesterday. However, he has said he wants the security of a long-term deal.
* San Diego safety Kevin Ellison was arrested in Redondo Beach, Calif., on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance. Police say the 23-year-old was arrested Monday afternoon after he was stopped for speeding in a school zone near his former high school. Sgt. Peter Grimm says a search of Ellison's vehicle turned up 100 pills of Vicodin, a controlled substance for which the player did not have a prescription. He was booked and released on $10,000 bail.
* New Orleans rookie linebacker Harry Coleman is facing simple battery charges stemming from an arrest in Franklin, La., over the weekend. Details were unclear other than he was arrested an released. Coleman, a standout at LSU, signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent in late April.
* Buffalo running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Aaron Schobel did not attend the team's first voluntary organized activity. The duo were the only two absent from new head coach Chan Gailey's first full practice. Gailey says he did not assume Lynch would be at the voluntary practice.
Lynch's future with the team became a question after the 2007 first-round draft pick failed to attend the team's voluntary conditioning program in early April. Schobel has contemplated retirement since the end of the season.
* Carolina starting cornerback Richard Marshall is back on the field after missing minicamp while upset about his contract situation. He said he hasn't signed his 1-year tender worth $1.759 million, but will before the start of training camp.
* Miami traded guard Justin Smiley to Jacksonville in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. Smiley, a 6-year veteran, agreed to restructure the 5-year, $25 million deal he signed with Miami in 2008.