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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. 

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Comments

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:44 pm
 

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

Someone that is only worth $7/hr should NOT be having a family.  We should sterilize everyone that makes less than $50k a year.
Then who would mow my lawn and clean my house, certainly not me!!



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Suckers!

Wow, I can't believe the Titans let one man beat them.  They have said that they only talk contract extensions with players who show up for work.  This guy did not, and still got paid.  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.  Letting this guy step all over the team is bad business, it sets the wrong example for other players.  He deserved to get paid, but he should have taken the right path to get paid, like Frank Gore, and hopefully Matt Forte.  



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:42 pm
 

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

Nah, the Titans had to get this deal done.  While i agree they a lot of other needs, this guy is a pure game changer.  After AP, he's the best running back in the league and 4 years isn't that long...he has at least that many more years while he's still in his prime.  Good signing.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:40 pm
 

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

You people will indeed only make minimum wage, but you will also live off my, as well as CJ2k's, tax dollars while continuing to babble incoherently.  I just wish we could lock all of you people up into a giant prison and not have to deal with you again

You are an idiot.  Are you Johnsons bitch or something?  You carry his jock around for him?  You make a % of his contract?  Jack Ass....




Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:40 pm
 

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

If you really think "poetic justice" is someone trying to support a family on about $7/hour ($14,000 per year approx) because they think a football player crying about making "only" $1million dollars on a contract he voluntarily signed, and refusing to honor that contract, then I truly feel sorry for you.  The difference is so obvious and overwhelming.  Pathetic.
You are a socialist.  Maybe a communist.

Someone that is only worth $7/hr should NOT be having a family.  We should sterilize everyone that makes less than $50k a year.  There are way too many poor people running around these days, destroying our government and way of life.

Also the vote really should be reserved for property owners.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:40 pm
 

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

And enough with the "play out your contract" talk... When the owners start paying out players til the end of their contract, instead of cutting them, I will say the players should hold up their end of the contract. These aren't guaranteed contracts morons. It's basically a year to year deal in the NFL, for the owners and the players. Stop making yourself look ignorant with those comments.
All in how you look at it Richy -- the players know the deal when they sign their contracts--perform and you get the guaranteed money and the salary, don't perform and you get cut (but still get the guaranteed money).  Not going to feel sorry for players in this situation--worried about "out performing" your 5 year contract then take less guaranteed money and sign a shorter contract--that is a really simple fix but the players won't do it because, for good reason, they want as much guaranteed money as they can get.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:39 pm
 

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

With an average salary of $13.5 million
BUZZ!!!!!!  Wrong!!!!  Over the extension, maybe, that that's what this is, an extension.  The true average is jsut under $10 million per year.  Plus, it was all about the guaranteed money.  Still, might want to do some fact checking.  NFL.com and profootballtalk.com have it right that it's an extension.  BIG, BIG difference.  Plus, It means CJ will be a Titan though 2016, unless they cut him after the guaranteed money is paid.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:37 pm
 

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

I honestly hope everyone who considers CJ "greedy" and thinks he shouldn't get a fair contract is barred from collecting any government handouts off my tax dollars and never earns more than minimum wage in their lives.  Actually, I wish they'd lower minimum wage and pay you losers $5 a day.  That would be poetic justice.

If you really think "poetic justice" is someone trying to support a family on about $7/hour ($14,000 per year approx) because they think a football player crying about making "only" $1million dollars on a contract he voluntarily signed, and refusing to honor that contract, then I truly feel sorry for you.  The difference is so obvious and overwhelming.  Pathetic.



Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:31 pm
 

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

what a bunch of crap, The games best runnung back???!?!?? really, gee 1 2000 yd season is all it takes i guess.




Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:29 pm
 

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

kokomodan, they just dont jettison a player and they get nothing. They all get guaranteed money on part of that money so he will get 30 million no matter what happens. If he gets released he gets 30 million. The owners should be able to cut players at any time because of the way football is. If a guy isnt performing up to standards why would they keep him around. Thats the sad thing, the players who dont earn their contracts will still get the guaranteed amount. Look at Jamarcus russell the former raider qb who laughed all the way to the bank with what he got. Thats why there should never be guaranteed contracts.


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