Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 3:18 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Chris Johnson has a new contract. According to the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, the Titans and Johnson agreed to four-year, $53.5 million deal with $30 million in guarantees. It took all of training camp and almost the entire preseason, but one of the NFL's best running backs will return to Tennessee's backfield in time for the start of the regular season to do what he does best: take pressure off the offense and put it squarely on opposing defenses.

Last month, Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said that the organization was willing to make Johnson the NFL's highest-paid running back. Johnson wanted more, and the stalemate continued until Thursday.

Wyatt writes that Johnson was scheduled to make $1.065 million in 2011. With an average salary of $13.5 million, his contract not only makes him the NFL’s highest paid running back, it also puts him in a category among the game’s “elite” players.

Chris Johnson Gets Paid
Wyatt continues: The highest paid running backs in the league make roughly $9.5 million to $10.5 million per year annually over the first three years of the deal. Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is scheduled to make $10.7 million in the final year of his contract. Last month, the Panthers reached a deal with running back DeAngelo Williams that gave him $21 million in guaranteed money.

Johnson and the Titans met last week but the two sides remained far apart on a new contract. On Wednesday there were reports that there was finally "positive movement for the first time," and, a day later, Johnson has a shiny, new deal. Now the running back will be under contract for the next six years through 2016. 

The 24th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Johnson led the NFL in yards rushing the past three seasons. In 2009, he became only the sixth man in NFL history to rush for at least 2,000 yards and ended the year with 2,006 yards.

The Titans, who wrap up the preseason Thursday night at New Orleans, wanted Johnson to at least have a few days of practice with new quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in a revised offense under coordinator Chris Palmer and new head coach Mike Munchak. The only other running back with any NFL carries is Javon Ringer with 59 in his career, and he has been hurt most of the preseason. Rookie Jamie Harper from Clemson started the past two preseason games for Tennessee.

Fullback Ahmard Hall said Tuesday that Johnson would have some work once he does arrive to learn the changes in Palmer's offense, especially with the different terminology. "You're going to have to think," Hall said, according to the Associated Press. "You're not going to just be able to roll in and hit the ground running as if coach (Mike) Heimerdinger were still here. Coach Palmer has put in a lot of good things, bu the language is different. He's definitely going to have to think. The sooner he gets in the better."

With Johnson's contract now out of the way, all that's left is to get Tennessee back to the playoffs. That journey starts in earnest on September 11 when the Titans face the Jaguars in the regular-season opener.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:16 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

ude, are you high?? CJ2K has rushed for more yards in the last 4 years than all of those guy's combined.

you sir, are a idiot.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:14 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

Johnson is really something special.  He can take a swing pass and make it into a highlight reel.  An off tackle goes for 80 yards.  Exposive is an understatement.  With all of that said is he worth this type of money.  No.  But what was Tennessee supposed to do.  Not sign him and let him sit out. My answer is yes.

If I was a Titan fan I would be concnered that there is not enough money under the salary cap to pay a future quarterback.  I have no problem with the signing of huge deals or the salary cap, but teams that pay such a high price for one player do not have enough money to pay another great player.  This is what made Peyton Manning's deal so unusual and awesome.  Yes he could have told the Colts to pay him more, and they would have, but instead he realized that an eight figure annual salary was enough and wanted to Colts to be able to afford some other great players.

So today is great for Johnson, but in the long run, I would submit bad for the Titans.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:07 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

I can't believe there's actually smoes on here that think this is a great deal that CJ is getting more than he deserves.
Maybe for CJ, definatley not for the rest of the NFL teams who have elite running backs, I'd be willing to bet AP leaves Minny after what CJ just got and AP's agent will demand now.

Also the guy blasting any poster who's against CJ and than not wanting to give his tax dollars up to people with their hands out and bascially saying that's anyone on here who's not in favor of CJ's deal? Really? WTF?
Are you an idiot?

I'd be willing to bet most of the people on these boards against CJ are 40 hr a week blue collar lifers who just happen to work their asses off and would rather die than work the welfare system set up by the libs in this country and abused day in and day out by LAZY people who take advantage of the system and GET AWAY WITH IT while the middle class HARD WORKING majority get f****d in the ass by having to pick up the tab in areas of taxes, all types of insurance, credit card interest rates, food & clothing prices, etc, etc..

I'd be willing to be CJ has more relatives workin' the system than posters on these boards. Sad but true.

I'm not against athletes getting paid, I'm against the ones who think they're somehow above all the rest and their paycheck has more to do with their ego than it does reality. They are the one's who clearly need to check themselves.

In the end, CJ got paid and the Titans/NFL got screwed, especially the Titans who will lose this d-bag to a hammy or acl tear by week 3 or 4.

Too bad, so sad.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:07 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

Whoever is owns him in Fantasy can breathe a sigh of relief now lol

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:02 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

Well said!  I would like to do the same by not buying anymore pro crap.  But the only problem is when I come home after the day,
there's nothing to do.  So... I end up watching sports.  ha ha

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:58 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

All these professional athletes are overpaid, but the people who buy the tickets, shoes, jerseys, hats, etc. are to blame and should shut their mouths. I decided over 20 years ago that I would never buy another ticket, jersey, hat or any other merchandise of any professional franchise. If I am going to criticize the outlandish salaries and behavior of these athletes, then I cannot be a hypocrite and support them with my money. I watch a little pro sports on my computer and keep up with my favorite teams, but I spend no money supporting any pro team. I go to highschool and college events. I know, I know! Some college players are on the take, but at least they can't hold out for 53 million or go on strike for more pay. I watch this nonsense with the NFL and NBA this year and the strike many years back by the MLB players that cost a World Series and I want to puke. These morons can't live with 6.8 Million dollars a year - they need 7.4 million. Meanwhile, good teachers in the local communities are taking furlough days to keep the educational system afloat and some educational systems are having to shut down many vital programs or cut way back in order to survive. What a whacked out world we live in. I will just give my sports dollar to the local schools, colleges and universities. I believe the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc. have more than enough! If you support these idiots, you shouldn't complain.


Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:55 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:51 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

Chris Johnson is a very good running back, he is not the best in the game, and I'd rather have Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Ray Rice, and Jamal Charles if I had my pick.

Dude, are you high?? CJ2K has rushed for more yards in the last 4 years than all of those guy's combined.  While I agree I would put AP ahead of Chris Johnson in terms of value, what has Foster done? He's had one great year so far. If Foster can put together 2 or 3 more seasons like last year then you can include him in the cnversation.  Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles are also elite backs but still not in the same league as CJ.   For all we know you're basing your judgement on talent based on fantasy football ratings, you dolt.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:50 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

I hope that the Titans' home games are filled with "fake" fans, who mercilessly boo the crap out of this greedy bastard.  Let him know that although he got paid, his comments resonated with fans, who think is a a total POS.  I hope he unwisely spends it all, goes broke, and is one of the guys whining 25 years from now about how the current players should throw he and his contemporaries a bone. 

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:46 pm

Titans, Johnson agree to 4-year, $53.5M deal

The Titans had NO leverage! It was either give him what he wanted or start the season with Javon Ringer. Deshaun Jackson has to be just smiling after watching all this money get thrown around. He's up next!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or