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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: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:13 pm

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

For those that are saying he got what he wanted, that is only partly true. Sure he got a new deal making more. He also wanted franchise QB money, that he did not get. So in the end both sides gave a little, as it happens in a vast majority of contract negotiations. Due to Michael Vick's playing style he took the first long term deal offered because he is one injury from being broke for the season and no long term deal.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:08 pm

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

If there's any kids reading this, remember to always cry and complain while guilt tripping your parents until you get what you want.  All it takes is just not ever giving in and throwing a hissy fit short of the actual crying.  Much like Chris Johnson did here.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:07 pm

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

We need poor people...someone has to work the gas station and get me fries and burgers!  

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:03 pm

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

OOOHHHH!!  New Gold Teeth.....More Bling!!!  A Ferrari and $5000 suits!!! a big crib and maybe a boat and a helicopter.....LOL  - He will be broke with in 10 years of retirement.......Ghetto Fab!

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:02 pm

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

You are a socialist.  Maybe a communist.

Someone that is only worth $7/hr should NOT be having a family.  We should sterilize everyone that makes less than $50k a year.  There are way too many poor people running around these days, destroying our government and way of life.

Not even close Serphnx....Note that I did not say that people should not make more than $7/hr, just pointing out the flaws in previous poster's argument. I certainly did not imply that everyone should make the same money (socialism/communism).   I have no problem with anyone in a free market, capitalist system negotiating the best deal for them selves that they can--if I am the better employee or build a better product then I make more money, simple and fair.  My only complaint is with signing a contract, collecting the guaranteed money, then, looking only at the base salary left, deciding you are "underpaid" and refusing to honor your contract without a large raise.  Still a capitalist, free market but looking for a little ethics.

Now as for your sterilization comments, as someone who makes more than $50K per year, well we can all see that you are a facisit (not sure I spelled that right, but you get the point).

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:01 pm

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

Just in time. Now my fantasy football team is complete.  Good for CJ.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:57 pm

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

All that money for a guy who won't even play the second half of playoff games when it's cold outside and the Ravens are playing smashmouth football...  Too much paid for too little in return.. 

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:56 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 combined.  While I agree I would put AP ahead of Chris Johnson in terms of value, what has Foster done? He's had one great year so far. If Foster can put together 2 or 3 more seasons like last year then you can include him in the cnversation.  Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles are also elite backs but still not in the same league as CJ.   For all we know you're basing your judgement on talent based on fantasy football ratings, you dolt.

Who is high? CJ has played 3 years not 4. He has had 1 great year. Foster has played 2 years, he has had 1 great year the other year he started 1 game. Foster in what amounts to his rookie year, scored 20 TD's. Johnson has never scored 20 in a season. Foster caught 66 passes, Johnsons best was 50. In Johnsons final 6 games in 2010 he had 100 carries for 396 yards, averaging 66 ypg. Foster on the other hand had 133 carries for 558 yards, 93 ypg. johnson is 191 lbs with his teeth, under 190 without them. Foster is 232, not as fast, but he can take 2 routes, around you and through you. I've never seen Johnson go through anyone. Foster showed up for camp to prove his worth, Johnson sat out of camp and riddiculed fans. Maybe the camp thing was due to those last 6 games. Maybe he knows he is a 70 ypg guy now. Or maybe he laid down on his teamates waiting for today. We shall see. I am not in a fantasy league. Did that in baseball one year in 1986 and found that it is too time consuming.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:53 pm

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

 I realize these guys are good.  But when are the owners going to grow some and stop giving in?

I'll tell you when -- when he stops making them more money than his contract is worth. Why does everyone act like the owners are always being screwed when they give out big contracts. 

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:41 pm

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

I'm a Titans fan, and I don't like this deal.  The Titans won't make the playoffs this year with or without Johnson; so why pay him the mega-bucks contract?  The Titans did the right thing to offer to make him the highest paid RB in the league, but they should have stopped there and said "take it or leave it".

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