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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 27, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:54 pm

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

I'll bet dollars to doughnuts Johnson gets dinged on or before the third game of the season and will miss significant playing time this year. 

I'm not sending bad wishes Johnson's way but it always seems to happen when a player signs the mega deal.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:50 pm

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

downlow 212  thanks for the insight!  You and C.J can go make it rain at a tittie bar now.  See you when the ACL blows.  All good things happen to greedy bastards.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:40 pm

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

So now they have another overpaid thug on there team. When they are in last place and out of the playoffs with 8 games left and Johnson takes a nice seat on the pine while collecting millions maybe the high up suits will rethink this move and be like damn maybe we should get more then 1 player. I can smell 3-13 and thats being nice

Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:30 pm

tlow212 is on fire!

...Hey, guy, rather than insulting people how's about you just comment on the article...mouth breather...

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:25 pm

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

so now this last place team has the highest paid running back/crybaby in the league.  Big deal.  instead of 5 games maybe they win 6.  good move tuxedos

Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:25 pm

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

Thanks for that riveting contribution...really got me thinking...

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:21 pm

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

Drop the NFL!  You all are smarter than this!  BAA BAA

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:20 pm

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

Ryan Wilson did not describe the deal accurately. It's not simply $53.5 mil over 4 years with $30 mil guaranteed.

This is more like an extension than an entirely new deal. They did not abandon his prior contract and start over. His new deal contains the 2 years of his first contract, plus 4 more years added on, with $30 mil guaranteed (as long as he makes the roster every year). If he plays out the entire contract, he'll make $55.26 mil over six years, or $9.21 mil per year average.

I think it's safe to say he may not be playing under this deal after 3 seasons of punishment. If he becomes "merely" a 1,000 yard rusher a few years from now, he'll be forced to make a deal or be waived. He still gets his $30 mil guaranteed, though.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:19 pm

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

1 person tell me when did he or his agent ask for qb money? It never happened some idiot reported that stupid crap & you idiots ran with it. Talking about believing everything you read..... mindless sheep!

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:14 pm

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

No matter what you idiots say he got his money so take his advise................ STFU !!!!!!!!!  ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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