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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: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:32 pm

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

He got a big paycheck...didn't deserve it I think. He out of condition and that will probably show. It could show and be the precurser to injury. I hope not. I don't like to see anyone get injured. But if you think he can come out "cold" and perform, I think you live in a fantasy world. He best be careful with his body being out of condition. It would be quite the blow (over 53 Million dollars worth of blow) to the Titans if he goes down early because of the lack of conditioning. I cannot see him in true form until at least the 3rd or 4th game and then I expect he may run out ogf gas by week 13. Hope he makes that far without injury.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:18 pm

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

All you fools out there who are hating on this kid for getting paid have no idea what so ever what the NFL is really about or what it takes to be one of the best in the NFL which this kid is. The NFL is a business and that is the bottom line. Don't get it twisted!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:00 pm

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


Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:48 pm

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

while i'm not as bitter as Winning!, I do think the kid deserves to be paid.  He is that good!  The team got lucky picking up the stud. They need to keep him.  He needs to get paid because he could tear his ACL tommorrow and it would be over.

By the way... I will remember his name

Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:35 pm

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

How does this effect your life??  What does it really matter?  We have football!  One day, he will be a name and nobody will remember or give a shit about this contract.  He has every right to get what he feels he is worth.  Do you work for less than you are worth?  If you do, sorry!  I dont accept a job making $50K when I know I can do a $100K job.  This siutation is just on a mucher larger scale!!  People want to bash him, well, I know what he means by fake fans!  Until you walk in his shoes you have no right to judge him and your opinion is just that and means shit!!!  Another thing, easy to judge others from afar and say that you would have done this or I would of done that!  BS, till you are actuallly in that position, you have no idea what you will do!  Is he greedy??  Maybe, aren't we all just a little bit greedy?  I dont know what happened along the way but people have just gotten nasty over stuff that does not effect their life in anyway!  I guess, life is good when all you have to do is bitch about how much an NFL player makes!  As for people who say they pay his salary??  Come on now!!!!  Liek the otehr saying, "We pay teachers, police, firefighters salaries to right?  Gov't officials, right?"  LMAO!!!!  In theory, ok you "PAY" their salary by buying tickets and jerseys and such!  So stop buying the stuff, stop watching football and get a hobby!  But let's be real, it will never come to a point where every fan stops watching and/or buying football stuff, so once again, get over it!  Let's just enjoy some football!
To the Titan fan, that will root for the Titans but not for Chris Johnson, your a FAKE!!!  How do you root for a team and not the best player on the team?  Find another team?  Good luck finding a team that doesnt have at least one CJ.  The NFL is  a corporate titan, they breed this!!!  All of the corporate titans of this country breed money on success!  More revenue, more sales, more profits, more bonuses and higher salaries!!!  There are Execs making $100M a year!!!  A man that entertains you is asking for 1/10 of that and people have issue wit him?  
I leave you and this site with these two saying....

1)To all the fakers... "COME ON MAAN!!!!!"  Courtesy of NFL Countdown
2)"Dont hate the player, hate the game"  Booker T

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:27 pm

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

I agree wholeheartedly ! Johnson has acted like a selfish punk that only cares about himself ! What makes me mad is he tells the fans to STFU because they call him out for being way too greedy. Then hes paid the very next day. The Titans made a mistake in paying him a dime over their previous offer and now they are going to be sorry. He's not in game shape, has no time to learn Chris Palmer's new playbook. He's liable to sustain some sort of injury because he's not ready and karma will get him for his comments too.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:05 pm

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


Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:04 pm

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

This pisses me off. That arogant little S.O.B.
He holds out 2 years in a row and hurts the team and then we offer to make him the highest paid rb in nfl history and that's not good enough for him? Really? I'm not pissed that he held out again. I got over that. I'm pissed that we gave him a fantastic offer and that wasn't good enough for him. Then he attacks the "fake fans" and by fake fans I'm assuming he means the overwhelming number of fans that called him on his bullshit. Then he tried to make an excuse for that tweet instead of manning up and apologizing? I'm a very loyal Titans fan and I have been my whole life, but I will never cheer for this man. I will cheer for my Titans to win, but I will not cheer for Chris Johnson. I think it's foolish to tell the fans to shut the fuck up when they help pay his salary.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:37 pm

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

I have been a Titan fan for many years. However, I hope they do not win a game this year and that Johnson blows out a knee the first practice. He is a spoiled brat piece of garbage that would not honor his contract. I understand his reservation. However, when they offered him $10 million a year, he still laid out of work and deserted his teammates. Then the spoiled brat attacks the fans for telling him he is a greedy SOB for not taking the $10 million and going to camp to help his teammates. And the Titans caved too. They should have let his sorry DONKEY sit for the next 2 years to make a point. Bottom line.

War Eagle.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:32 pm

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

WOW, looks like the ridiculous money is going to get even worse.  A player throws a fit and demands money.  The organization gives in and just proves the point.

All a player has to do is play well for a few years, throw a tantrum, and he gets what he wants.  Looks like the new CBA is working so well for the owners.  Looks like the pric of beer went up.

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