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.
Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:27 pm
 

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

I just hope he stashes some of it away.

LOL, was that meant as a joke?

He'll go out and buy 3 Bentleys, 4 houses and 100 Lbs. of Gold(probably for his teeth)........  He will be broke before he retires....
In other words, by the time he retires the gold will have quadrupled in value and he'd have even more money.

That's just funny.



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

Unfortunately only part of that will happen.  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.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:23 pm
 

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

I just hope he stashes some of it away.

LOL, was that meant as a joke?

He'll go out and buy 3 Bentleys, 4 houses and 100 Lbs. of Gold(probably for his teeth)........  He will be broke before he retires....



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:21 pm
 

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

WOW, talk about caving in.  Now he'll get hurt because he won't be ready and the Titans will have lost both him and $30 million.

Nice work Mr. Greed, you won! 



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:20 pm
 

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

Boo, should have let him sit out the year........



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:09 pm
 

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

Now maybe he can afford to go take some classes so he can learn how to speak english.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:04 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.
 



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Way to go CJ

RB need the big $ with lots of guaranteed money. He definitely needed a new contract before this season. Having been slated to earn about $1MM could have really jeopardized his future if he got hurt.
RB careers are too short since getting hit 50+times a game is punishing on the body.
I just hope he stashes some of it away.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:01 pm
 

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

"He couldn't get a job in the real world"? Who cares, he doesn't have to, he's in the NFL. You sound like a jealous hater. He gets paid what the market allows, unfortunately for you the market is a lot kinder to athletic freaks of nature. I fail to see why everyone gets so upset when a player signs a big contract. CJohnson has been playing while being grossly underpaid (again, by elite NFL RB standards, not your job at Costco) for a couple seasons now, I don't blame him for wanting to cash in. Newsflash: these guys make a lot more than the average person, so do the owners etc. I don't see you getting upset when the owner makes $50-100 million a year, and he's not the one out there on the field getting bashed around and taking years off his life. Some of you guys are pathetic.



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:01 pm
 

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

   Welcome to the real world. The football world. 30 mil guaranteed. Ave. of over 13 per. Wonder what AP will get in 2 years? The Vikings will franchise him if they can't get a deal done. I, for one, am glad the players can demand more money, and get it. The owners can just jetison a player and pay him nothing. So much for a "CONTRACT." Thought that was some binding agreement? They aren't worth the paper they are printed on? Good that the players are getting guaranteed money, too. Tiatans better hope he's in football shape soon. The way Manning is questionable, and the Texans look loaded, it might be a catch up season?


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