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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: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:18 pm

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

The time to practice this year was short as it was. Johnson showed a lack of respect for his team mates, holding out of camp for this contract. Even his team mates have said, because of the new offense and the new jargon involved, it will take him some time to learn. How many NFL players signed new contracts this year and still showed up to practice before the signage was complete? I don't have the numbers, but do know that many took place. Holding out for leverage was not necessary. far as race is concerned. Get over it. White or black....anyone doing this to his team is wrong. Past and present.
And hearing about a running backs life expectancy gets old. Even if he were to only play for one more year, this guy is set for life. And he deserves no crying for him on this issue.
I wonder if i could live the rest of my life just fine on $30 M guanteed or even a little less. I would say, yes.
Pro sports contracts have went way beyond whats necessary and faster than they should have over the years anyway. But....thats another issue.

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:10 pm

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

B 4 Real,

No one faults CJ for being black, just an idiot, you should understand that as an idiot yourself. Carson Palmer is not asking for more money under a contract. He is asking to be traded, and perfectly happy to retire if not traded. He has played 7 years and only 2 of those were winning years. What are the Bengals gonna do? Make him play and force the 11.5 million on him because he is white? Yep that is the way it works. RICH PEOPLE FORCE WHITE FOLKS TO TAKE HUGE CHUNKS OF MONEY.  Oh, I never liked Brett Favre either. B 4 REALity>>>>  

Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:57 pm

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

B 4 Real, you are the reason why race is still brought into a topic where it shouldnt. Leave your idiotic rhetoric in your mind bro. Chris Johnson held out for a new deal, be cause CHRIS JOHNSON thinks he is the best "play maker" in the league. He is still under a contract and the Titans wanted the cheap way out. He was only due a bit under 1 million this year. To even think its cause he is black is the dumbest thing i have ever seen. Go back to your GI jOes and let the big boys speak around here.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:44 pm

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

Im happy CJ got what he wanted but i feel he handled this situation the worst way possible. He acted like a child by not showing up until he got what he wanted. He called out fake fans but it makes u wonder if he is even a fan of his own team? If "the team" came first in his mind he would have shown up to camp on time worked his ass off and showed why he was worth the money he was asking for. Not a CJ fan, or a hater but i do hate people that dont honor there word! Im sorry if u out played your current contract but u are gonna have to wait until this one is up for u can get a new deal. Or atleast wait until the team offers u an extension because they realize how valuable u are. But don't take your ball and go home if u don't get what u want... either way, congrats CJ

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:41 pm

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

No 1 is complaining about carson palmer demands to be traded. he is due to make 11.5 million. Why not bitch about him? But let a black man do it and its a problem. I know some of u are going to say race has nothing to do with it, but u are not black r if a woman is raped how can u feel her pain unless u were raped also. make sense. so unless u are black (african american) u cant understand what im talking about. how bout brett farve. any 1 want to take that debate on? thought not. so keep calling mr. johnson a bum and if it were not 4 football he would b selling drugs or in jail. that just shows yr ignorance. we all make mistakes and say things we later regret, or may b yr perfect. if u are u are right up their with GOD. B 4 REAL>>>>

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:18 pm

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

I don't know about most of you, but I recall a time when the Tennessee Titans didn't even exist in the National Football League and unless you were a Houston Oilers fan prior to that (which I highly doubt because very few existed outside of Houston) then you were a fan of another team and abandoned them to jump on the Titans bandwagon at some point. Which in my opinion is what makes you a "fake fan".

With that logic, Tenneesee has no fans over the age of 12? Ok, let's expand it a little. A kid could have been 6 and had no allegence to another team when they moved there in 99, so "real fans" could be 18. Not many 18 year olds buy $90.00 tickets. The Titans "fake fans" have bought almost every ticket sold in 12 years.  I suppose that CJ will gladly accept the money that "the Fake Fans" have paid for seats, Jersey's, Hats, etc. 

   BTW, since you are a REAL Cowboy fan, Emmit Smith Did Holdout, TWICE. He set out the entire pre-season after being drafted. He then signed a 3 year contract and played it out. In 1993 he held out again after leading the league in Rushing (2nd straight year) and TD's. He led Dallas to a Superbowl win that year as well. He held out and missed the first 2 regular season games before signing a 4 year deal. He again, honored that contract and was awarded an 8 year contract with a 15 million signing bonus. The thing that is different in Smiths holdouts is that he was NOT under contract either time. I really find it hilarious that you call out Titan fans, when you are not fan enough of your own team to know their best RB ever held out twice.  As the saying goes, "people in glass house's, should not throw rocks." FAN-UP pearljammer!    


Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:23 am

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

Wow! That was a mouthful.....

Since: Jan 15, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:55 am

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

Good for him!! Why even bother yourself with petty crap like one individuals contract?!?! As a fan, I'm just happy we have a seaon! RB's have the shortest careers as most of you know, so why not go for as much as you can possibly get (when your one of the best) while you're still young and viable enough to get it? The man has clearly put up the stats and is obviously worth every penny. Like many others have said in their posts, his career could be over at any moment with any number of career ending injuries every time the ball is snapped. The man's gotta think about his future. If he goes out the first snap this season, like so many of you seem to wish, he'd end up as a used car salesman or something 15 yrs down the road when he's "broke" (financially and physically) and forgotten. The NFL is a BIG money game and will only get BIGGER. 2 years from now you"ll be complaining because someone else held out for another outrageous amount.
 As far as the "fake fans" thing...
First off, I'm a Cowboys fan (not affraid to admit it) and have been since the early 80's when I was old enough to fall in love with the game of football!!! I had my share of accusations of the same thing through the early 90's when the Cowboys were GREAT, but it never bothered me at all, because I knew better.  All these people (Tiatns fans)getting so upset over it and voicing their opinions just makes me think they feel the need to defend themselves because they secretly ARE fake fans. Lol!! I don't know about most of you, but I recall a time when the Tennessee Titans didn't even exist in the National Football League and unless you were a Houston Oilers fan prior to that (which I highly doubt because very few existed outside of Houston) then you were a fan of another team and abandoned them to jump on the Titans bandwagon at some point. Which in my opinion is what makes you a "fake fan". Kinda like how I didn't know a single Patriots fan before the "Brady era" and for the past several years guys my age and even some people I know personally (who's names I won't mention) have been "crawling out of the woodwork" talking about how they've been Patriots fans there whole lives....Bullshit!! Lol!! Why don't you just pick a team and stick with them through thick and thin!!!
As for the younger Titan's fans that haven't been around long enough be in the last catagory. Don't be discouraged, if Emmit Smith (Cowboys RB early 90's) would've held out for more $ in his hayday, I wouldn't have been mad at all, I'd say Hell Yeah!! Pay that MF what he's worth, better yet, pay him MORE!!! Because that's what real fans do....they get behind their team and the teams GREAT players's not about what he makes....IT"S ABOUT WHAT HE DOES FOR YOUR TEAM!!!! You DON'T pay him and his salary has no affect on you personally...but his abilities affect your team and you should just be happy the organization DOES pay him so he can help give your team a fighting chance. Anything that puts up the W's is a good move when , as a fan, you just want your team to WIN. Real fans don't openly bash their favorite team or the GREAT individual players that make it!!

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:36 am

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

 "if he shows up to camp like the "good soldier" you ppl want him to be and blows out his knee during a drill his career is over.. hed never see money like that again and we all know a rb is finished after 30 now. good for you CJ, now have another stud year and all this "fake fans" will be on your jock once again".  Igglehaslan

Damn Igglehaslanded, have you ever heard of Insurance? The "Good Soilder" buys insurance. He had a contract and that contract has paid him enough money to buy an injury policy.  He would recoup that money once he got his contract.  He chose to hold out rather than do what the majority of players do through insurance in the last year of their deals or situations such as his.  He was lazy, or cheap, or BOTH. He has shown his teamates that he is a me guy. They knew he could have insured himself and shown up, and they know he didn't. He did deserve more money, no one disagree's to that point. He got his money, but in doing so, showed a complete lack of professionalism. His true colors showed through his use of twitter and holding out. CJ, there is a group of 52 men that put sweat and blood into preseason practice, all an ACL away from their career being over just like you. CJ..... those guys know the real you now. Perhaps they may have a momentary lapse of professionalism and miss a block or two. Karma is a b+i+t+c+h that will be hanging with you. You can outrun defenses, but you can't outrun that b+i+t+c+h!!! Take that to the BANK!! 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:31 am

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

the NFL like no other professional sport has guys holding out on current contracts for more money, is this because the nature of the sport being violent and tough on the body that careers are so short?
There's no doubt that's part of it, but the real reason is that the contracts are only binding to the player.  Unlike other professional sports, NFL contracts aren't guaranteed and teams have the option to cut players at any time.  Players in other sports don't have the ax hanging over their head year-round like NFL players do.

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