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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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Comments

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:41 am
 

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

CJ should have held out for more bread.  I wanted him to prove a point and sit out the last two seasons of his contract. Because CJ is not in football shape, he will probably tear an ACL or rupture an Achilles tendon on his first carry of the season and fumble the football which will be returned for a touchdown by the Jags.  He will have the last laugh as he enjoys his $30 million in guaranteed cash while he rehabs his injury until 2016.
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Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:07 am
 

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

For all Chris has brought to the table the last three years. This should have been a no brainer.

Oh, Excuse me, What has the Titans won with what he brought to the table. Look close. They have gotten worse. CJ put all this fuss because he didn't want to "practice." He is lazy and now that he this unprecidented contract, he will sit back and smile about how he screwed the Titans fans and organization over. He's not going to do good this year because he has no preseason.




Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:23 am
 

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

In Dallas, Tony R. hadn't earned his worth. And they just gave him 60 million, that based on his assumed potential. How has that worked out for you? Ask Jake Plummer, he got the same same deal. 



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:17 am
 

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

For all Chris has brought to the table the last three years. This should have been a no brainer.



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:15 am
 

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

The Republican Owners, fall again to well, you know.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:14 am
 

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

Thatz Tom Brady money who touches the ball every single offensive play and he has SB and MVP trophies to back his contract up. This was a waste of money to placate a whinner. Thatz whinner not winner. He ain't all that.




Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:38 pm
 

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

Kudos..I hope he's able to take care and feed his family now. How inhumane that he had to suffer through the indignity of his old contract of only a few million playing a kid's game.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:16 pm
 

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

Go Chris Johnson, Go! Got him with the 5th pick in the 1st round of my FFB draft, just waiting for him to sign and have a monster season.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:50 pm
 

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

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Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:36 pm
 

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

Titans fans are such whiners. They sign the best rb in the league to a long term deal and all they want to do is cry about how "he didnt own up to his current deal and he told us to stfu" boo who you morons. you people dont know a thing about the NFL and what it takes to make it. He did the smart thing by holding out. since hes been in the league hes done nothing but put up ridiculous stats. the guy holds the record for yards from scrimmage in a season not to meantion a 2k rushing season. this contract is the only one hes going to get he had to make it substantial. 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


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