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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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Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:59 pm

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

Wow, all I gotta say is, he'd better earn it. 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:56 pm

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

These contracts are nothing more than pissing contests between players.  Every top tier player wants more than what the previous top contract was signed for.  AP and is agent must be licking their chops right now!

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:55 pm

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

Running backs are falling way behind the game. Far are the days where the "workhorse" running backs rule/control the games. The percentages show more games are won when teams run the ball the most in the second half. This means the wide outs streching the field and scoring determines the ability to hand the ball off when you are ahead. There are still the standout and super talented backs that carry teams but that is soon to be lost in the duel back and split time running back teams. Get your money while you can I guess.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:52 pm

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

I feel sorry for the Tenn fans.  I bet the next 4 yrs are wasted years for the Titans.  Too much money that could have been used elsewhere.  Its not that Tenn doesn't have other needs.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:51 pm

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

OK, so Cj is the latest player, UNDER CONTRACT, to tell the Team he won't play until they redo his contract, and the TITANS are the latest TEAM to give in to them.  So who's the next jerk to get in line?  So let's say he has a good year, what's to say he won't do the same thing next year, and the year after?  When does it stop?  When the Team let's them sit for a year or two that's when!  They want to strike, let them, threaten to sit the year out, then do it.  If he didn't like the million plus he was going to make this year WHY did he sign the contract that paid him that?  The entire TITAN team should be ashamed of this, oh but they won't because one of them may try this crap next.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:49 pm

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

I have to agree...that is a ridiculous amount to pay for a running back. Congrats to Chris Johnson though. He took Bud Adams and the Titans and bent them over a wheelbarrow to say the least. I wonder if Bud called Chris 'Daddy' afterwards?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:48 pm

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

I can't believe it took that long.  That's not even close to Fitz money and isn't that much above DAWs.  If they did it earlier they'd probably have gotten him for DAW money.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:48 pm

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

Well good for him, he got his money. The Titans look a little desperate by giving into the 30mil guaranteed after being so "far apart" till now. I'm a bit wary of Johnson. He has been leaned on a lot and I don't think they look to be on the way to a good season, QB-wise. he is going to get a lot of touches and RB who seem to be workhorses year after year tend to fall off rather quickly...It's good for him, I just don't think he'll be as effective as everyone hopes or believes. But then again, im just a dude at a regular job so it's all speculation on my part.

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:42 pm

Shutup stupid

He is a greedy bastard, Reinfeldt should of told him to fuck off and to go find a new job that wont even pay six figures.

And then the Titans would have been disqualified from the NFL for not spending enough money

Did you miss the whole lockout thing???

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:41 pm

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

And once again, players learn that anytime they want more money, all they have to do is scream and whine loud enough, and the owners will come with open checkbooks. If the owners are so big on fiscal restraint, why don't they actually exercise it once in a while?

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