Much Props: Chris Johnson’s Contract and The Jags’ Classy Move

Tennessee- It nearly took all of pre-season for the Titans’ and running back Chris Johnson to come to an agreement, but the deal has finally been made.

Chris Johnson has reason to celebrate off the field.

The Florida native held out until there was only a few days left in the pre-season. The larger contract he had been waiting for came in the sum of $53 million with his 4-year extension, with $30 million of the contract guaranteed.

Johnson has led the league in rush yards for the past three season, with him racking up 1,364 yards this past year.

CJ28 showed the rest of the league that if you hold out long enough, you can get the money you think you deserve. He had numbers to back his claims and got his desired contract.

Much Props.

Jacksonville- Long-time Jaguar, Fred Taylor has decided to hang em up after 13 seasons in the NFL. Taylor spent his first 11 seasons with the squad that drafted him back in ’98.

Fred Taylor walking off the field in his Jags' uniform.

After spending two seasons with the New England Patriots, the Jaguars have decided to sign Taylor to a one-day deal in order to retire the running back as a Jag.

Taylor rushed for nearly 12,000 yards in his career and tallied 66 touchdowns to go along with 7 seasons of at least a thousand yards.

The classy move by the Jags should show everyone that this game is more than one-field battles and contract negotiations. Thank you, Jags.

Much Props.

Ready for kick-off

The National Football League and its players’ association agreed to end the lockout earlier today.

The end of the lockout calls for celebration around the NFL world.

Now the frenzy of signing draftees, free agents, and renegotiating current players contract begins. This will prove to be a crucial time for all teams to cut and add key players in order to put their squad in position for a run at the Super Bowl.

Players are allowed into their team facilities beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.

Teams will be reporting to training camp in the next couple of days.

‘Yao’ Ming Dynasty comes to an end…

Reports show that after 9 seasons in the NBA, Houston Rockets Center Yao Ming is calling it quits.

7 ft. 6 in. of China's finest

The 30-year-old’s contract expired after this past season and because of the multiple injuries he has dealt with over the years, it’s about time.

Yao only played in 5 games last season after only missing two games in his first three years in the NBA.

The Shanghai-native averaged 19 points, nearly 10 Rebounds, and two blocks per game throughout his career.

No we can only wait and see if China will still vote him in to the All-Star game.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have made their passing game a little more feared with the new addition of Terrell Owens.

Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens look to take over the NFL...together.

Owens will reportedly sign a one-year contract that can possibly earn him $4 million and have him playing side-by-side with fellow all-star receiver Chad Ochocinco.

The Bengals had already been busy this off-season, acquiring receivers Matt Jones and Antonio Bryant and running backs Cedric Benson and Larry Johnson in hopes of returning to the playoffs this season.

The real question is if the two media hungry receivers can coexist on one field. Both are used to being the No. 1 option for their quarterback to look for in the clutch and this may cause unnecessary drama in Cincy.

The two rely on being the star and having the camera on them at all times but can they come together and share the spotlight for the better of the Bengals?

The Bengals front office seems to think so, the Cincinnati fans hope so, but this blogger is banking on “not a chance.”

Both will want the ball in the red zone and once the team fails to capitalize by trying to go to the other, the fireworks will be sure to follow.

Hornet worries…

The New Orleans Hornets now have to worry about losing their star point guard in Chris Paul.

The all-star has expressed interest in being traded to a contender before the season begins. He is reportedly even willing to option out of his contract in order to make a run at a championship ring this season.

We can only thank LCD (LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade) for the new trend in the NBA for teams wanting to build the next “super team” of the future.

Sources say that Paul is interested in younger teams with a chance to win now, rather than a team in rebuilding mode. These teams include Portland, Chicago, and New York.

If Paul can make his way to Portland, fans will have to make them one of the many teams-to-beat in the 2010-2011 season.

Brandon Roy and Paul as Trail Blazers would seemingly give him the best chance at winning now. Andre Miller would come off the bench for the all-star while Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla would give him nice options under the boards.

Many would like to see Paul go to New York and join Amar’e Stoudemire, but the fact is, the Knicks are still a weak team and aren’t quite ready to make a run at the title.

Chicago might have been a great choice after signing Carlos Boozer this off-season, but both Paul and Derrick Rose play the same position. Adding a player with the same characteristics could throw off a team that looks to be able to contend without the help of Paul.

In the end, Paul’s only hope is to join the Blazers. If this does happen, fans of the NBA will be in for one exciting year.

To tune in, or to not tune in…

Lebron James finds himself comfortable in the spotlight.

There will be a whole hour special on television for all the fans and journalists to finally find out where Lebron James will play next season.

Will he stay in Cleveland? Will he join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami? Will he surprise everyone and pick Chicago, or even the Clippers?

The only thing that is certain is that I won’t play into his popularity games and watch this hour special.

King James is getting a lot of flack for pulling such a stunt in order to get even more eyes on him. Not only can he disappoint his hometown Cavs fans but he can slap them in the face and wave goodbye at the same time. Or he can decide to stay in Cleveland and have wasted an hour of millions of viewer’s lives.

This move can tarnish his career and truly show the lack of class he possesses as well as add on to his off court antics when he neglected to shake hands with the other team after his playoff loss in 2009. Or it can simply show that he is indeed addicted to the cameras and the limelight and would do anything for attention.

The King is slowly making himself out to be the jerk of the NBA and everyone is watching the downward spiral of Cleveland’s golden child summed up in one hour.

The day the NBA stood still…

It is now the day everyone in the basketball world has been waiting for. July 1, 2010.

The first day of free agent signings is sure to bring a shake up in the National Basketball Association. Fans and teams alike have all heard the rumors of where players will be landing this upcoming season but the fact is that only the players truly know where they will most likely end up.

Rumors have ranged from Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh creating a super team in Miami to the big three going separate ways and playing alongside names such as Amare Stoudamire, Dirk Nowitzki and Joe Johnson.

Some reports have stated that Bosh will join the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade for Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom while others believe Wade and Bosh will team up because they both have the same agent.

The talks surrounding King James have been going on since he immediately removed his jersey after being ousted in the playoffs this past season. The scenarios for Cleveland’s hero are infinite but many have him ending up in Chicago with Stoudemire and Rose at his side.

As the hours slowly pass, the media eagerly waits for the latest news on what will prove to be the single most important off season in NBA history.