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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: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:33 pm
 

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

B 4 Real, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul
I'll second that..... 

White, black, yellow, pink or blue........  I don't care what color, Brett Favre as well........  They should all STFU and play the game.

I'm not coming to work until you pay me more money......  Okay then, you're fired.(That's how this story ends in the real world aside from the WWE, I mean NFL.)

  No one is going to go to the Titans game with Hasselbeck OLD ass leading that team anyhow.  Should have saved the money......  8 in the box + out of shape crybaby RB with a so so O-Line = 2-14.  CJCB2K struggles to play 10 games and gets MAYBE 900 Yds.  Well deserved I might add.....



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:26 pm
 

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

people people, please calm down. mr. johnson is not on ssi disability or unemployment. hell he is not even on works comp. this is not yr $. and like some of u idiots put it, not in jail or selling drugs. When the great white hope brett farve did this no 1 complained. oh, but let someone other his skin color do this and its a problem.

                           like l said B 4, the owners started this with the lockout. the players are only reacting to the owners. mr. johnson at the end of the day is overpayed like most athletes but then again its not my $.so please stop hiding behind chris' situation to voice yr displeasure when u r really mad at something else (yr life). B 4 REAL>>> 
B 4 Real, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. - The principal in "Billy Madison"





Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:08 pm
 

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

the contract and years mean nothing to him its the guarantees 31 mill cold cash winning or losing he still gets paid.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:07 pm
 

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

And whew now that CJ2K signed Tennessee has just moved from a 4 win team to a 6 win team. That is money well spent!!!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:05 pm
 

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

Truth is he just didn't want to be in training camp.  Let's face it.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:04 pm
 

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

people people, please calm down. mr. johnson is not on ssi disability or unemployment. hell he is not even on works comp. this is not yr $. and like some of u idiots put it, not in jail or selling drugs. When the great white hope brett farve did this no 1 complained. oh, but let someone other his skin color do this and its a problem.

                           like l said B 4, the owners started this with the lockout. the players are only reacting to the owners. mr. johnson at the end of the day is overpayed like most athletes but then again its not my $.so please stop hiding behind chris' situation to voice yr displeasure when u r really mad at something else (yr life). B 4 REAL>>> 



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:03 pm
 

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

Contracts are useless anymore...they just sit out and demand a new one when someone makes more than them. The whole process is a total joke and for that matter so are the Titans...way to stand firm Tennessee..after his first touchdown he will hold out again for more money...idiots



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:59 pm
 

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

Well said. I could'nt have said that any better myself. Truth is, once a players performance on the field starts to diminish somewhat, the organization, nowadays, show the player their gratification by dismissing them in the middle of their contract. What loyalty



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:58 pm
 

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

What World said.  Exactly what I was thinking.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:57 pm
 

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

Dude, are you high??  CJ2K has rushed for more yards in the last 4 years than all of those guy's [AP, Foster, Ray Rice, Jamal Charles] combined.
Snyder Isatool, you win!!  The Idiot of the Board Award goes to you!  AMAZING you call someone else an idiot while posting garbage like this.


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