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Chris Johnson agrees to terms on $53.5 million contract

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Chris Johnson’s holdout ended in the most predictable way possible. He’s back in the fold 10 days before the regular season starts.

Right on schedule.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean first reported and PFT’s Mike Florio can confirm that Johnson agreed to a four-year, $53.5 million contract extension.  $53.5 million is the new money; $30 million is guaranteed. Some of the guaranteed money is for injury, and some for injury, skill, and salary cap.   Part of the guarantee transfers to injury on the first day of a given league year.

In the end, Johnson essentially got the guaranteed money and per-year dollars he was looking for.  The Titans didn’t have to pay him Larry Fitzgerald money or completely break the running back mold.

It’s key to note this is an extension.  Johnson got the guaranteed money he wanted, but the Titans got the average salary they wanted.  The total deal is not over $13 million like we’ve seen reported. You have to factor in what Johnson was set to make in 2011-2012, and add the four new years.  It’s essentially a six-year deal that is closer to $9.3 million a year.

The move gives Johnson enough time to be ready for Week One.

It should also give Adrian Peterson a starting point for negotiations of his next contract.

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97 Responses to “Chris Johnson agrees to terms on $53.5 million contract”
  1. kd75 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:04 PM

    $100 says he pulls a hamstring in week 1.

  2. talkintrashallday says: Sep 1, 2011 1:05 PM

    The contract included 5 new gold teeth.

  3. celtks says: Sep 1, 2011 1:05 PM

    Sounds like a fair settlement

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 1, 2011 1:06 PM

    Looks like CJ won this battle.

  5. semperfi24 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:06 PM

    Not sure which is funnier:

    1) Johnson ripping fans on Twitter

    or

    2) When Johnson rips his hammy because he skipped the entire offseason

    I suppose we will have to wait and see…

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:06 PM

    Good deal.

    Fantasy football slobs everywhere rejoice.

    I’m sick of hearing from them and their whining. Let’s play football.

  7. moneymike23 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    First!……I hate it when people do that to, I’m trying to break the PFT world record for most thumbs down.

  8. weightshakes says: Sep 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    Just think of how many rubies he can buy for his gold teeth.

  9. Dex says: Sep 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    And then he breaks his leg week three…

  10. jsho55 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    Thank you to my friends, family and fake fans. – CJ

  11. kegrun says: Sep 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    Fantasy fans rejoice! (Just dont let Chris hear ya. He might cry)

  12. kashonly says: Sep 1, 2011 1:09 PM

    Over/Under 8 games played this season

  13. rayvens says: Sep 1, 2011 1:09 PM

    2010 Rushing leader = A.Foster
    2009 Rushing leader = C.Johnson
    Total Play games = 0

  14. FinFan68 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:10 PM

    Fantasy football owners just breathed a sigh of relief…or despair

  15. bquinn55 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:11 PM

    Here comes the first of 100 Chris Johnson contract posts…

  16. dallas001 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:11 PM

    Titans blinked…. Guess no regular job for him…53 million isn’t greedy… is it ?

  17. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 1, 2011 1:11 PM

    First Revis and now Johnson. Just goes to show you that the teams will always blink first when it comes to holdouts.

    And how much do we want to bet that his “fines” for not reporting are forgiven as part of the deal?

  18. heyguru1969 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:12 PM

    That should upgrade the Titans to 7-9 instead of 3-13. Chris Johnson and Flavor Flav. Separated at birth?

  19. nyninerfan says: Sep 1, 2011 1:12 PM

    Somebody’s getting a new grill.

  20. rayvens says: Sep 1, 2011 1:12 PM

    Sorry
    2010 Rushing leader = A.Foster
    2009 Rushing leader = C.Johnson
    Total “Playoff” games = 0

  21. thephantomstranger says: Sep 1, 2011 1:12 PM

    moneymike23 says:
    Sep 1, 2011 1:07 PM
    First!……I hate it when people do that to, I’m trying to break the PFT world record for most thumbs down.
    __________

    You’ll never beat Carl Gerbschmidt’s record.

  22. dasportsninja says: Sep 1, 2011 1:12 PM

    I see a Gold Grill in his future

  23. gotitan says: Sep 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    Go Titans!

  24. thephantomstranger says: Sep 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    Next headline:

    Adrian Peterson gets $31 million guaranteed.

  25. buffalohogan says: Sep 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    The only question i have is:

    Will Chris Johnson post a picture of his torn hamstring on twitter?

  26. shawon0meter says: Sep 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    He’s going to hold out again when Adrian Peterson gets his deal

  27. claymus1 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:16 PM

    Happy for # 8!!! That’ll help a bunch! Titans could be pretty darn good this year…My hawks..Not so much.

  28. phillyphever says: Sep 1, 2011 1:16 PM

    I’m gonna wait until Mike gets to see the contract before I say anything about this.

  29. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 1, 2011 1:17 PM

    $30M guaranteed for a RB

    I think I gave myself a concussion from shaking my head.

  30. gulaid26 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:17 PM

    Good I was scared since I have 4th pick picking between a guy with a hammy and a guy who isn’t in camp. Yes, players are all just pieces of meat. DEAL WITH IT.

  31. ninerdynasty says: Sep 1, 2011 1:17 PM

    SWEETT!! looks like i got a bargain for him on my fantasy league. picked him up in the 2nd round cuz no one thought he was going to play! woot woot!

  32. achap39 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:17 PM

    …and with the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select…

  33. ajknox88 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:18 PM

    Eddie George and CJ are somewhere right now blowing all of the money.

  34. waggs12 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:18 PM

    I wish the Titans would have let him sit out the whole year. All this does now is let an idiot know he was right the whole time to hold out. He had 1 good year and now he uses his past glory to get a huge paycheck. His “fake fans” should write him some “fake checks”. He’s an idiot. A rich idiot, but an idiot nonetheless.

  35. 00reo says: Sep 1, 2011 1:19 PM

    Come on… everyone knew this was going to happen a week before the season started. Titans said they’d make him the highest paid RB and they did.

  36. asarabi says: Sep 1, 2011 1:20 PM

    Good for him. He’s the only marketable star the Titans have, they surely make a ton of money on merchandising and sales off his back and without guaranteed contracts at least he is assured of being taken care of for the rest of his life.

    The last sentence requires a caveat: his agent should make him (1) immediately hire a financial adviser and (2) take $10 million right off the top and put it in a 10 year money market account. That way, regardless of what he does today, he won’t be broke in 10 years.

  37. phillychzstk2012 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:21 PM

    Good deal.

    Fantasy football slobs everywhere rejoice.

    I’m sick of hearing from them and their whining. Let’s play football.

    —————————————————-

    ever tried Fantasy Football?? in my opinion it makes you much more of a NFL fan when you play. its either you havent tried it or you just arent good at it and feel you have to attempt to rip others for playing it.

  38. mallet22 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:22 PM

    Seems as if my prayers were finally answered….CJ got paid.

  39. green18blue52 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:23 PM

    Dang he is greedy. I would’ve only asked for 29 mil guaranteed

  40. tommyf15 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:23 PM

    Ha ha ha, Chris Johnson wins after telling internet whiners to STFU.

  41. seabreezes51 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:24 PM

    My fantasy team is saved!!

  42. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Sep 1, 2011 1:24 PM

    Lesson to be learned here… Always hold out if you’re a superstar player, the owners will always give in.

  43. thetooloftools says: Sep 1, 2011 1:25 PM

    now he better go the hell and earn it !

  44. larrydavidstern says: Sep 1, 2011 1:25 PM

    Shoulda traded him!

  45. severs28 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:25 PM

    So he’s back until next training camp when he demands to be the highest paid player in the league and proclaims that Tennessee tricked him into signing this crappy deal he currently has.

  46. pigskinswag says: Sep 1, 2011 1:28 PM

    Good. Now HE can STFU and play football.

  47. gtorlone says: Sep 1, 2011 1:29 PM

    The dude predicted 2,500 rushing yards last year and came up 1,136 yards short. Let that be a lesson. The NFL: where you can talk and not back it up, but still get what you want.

  48. devrocks247 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:32 PM

    It’s a Music City miracle!

  49. chobes68 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:33 PM

    Bet ya the Titan’s regretted even more letting go of their leverage last year (Blount).

  50. trollhammer20 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:33 PM

    Somewhere, Matt Hasselbeck is doing a Happy Dance.

  51. melikefootball says: Sep 1, 2011 1:33 PM

    So do non-Titan fans buy Johnson jersey? .

  52. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 1, 2011 1:34 PM

    cum laude STF University

  53. sirmixalotalotalot says: Sep 1, 2011 1:35 PM

    I’m surprised he knows how to write his own name on the contract

  54. scoops1 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:36 PM

    Obama is turning to CJ to help assist in a bailout

  55. fwippel says: Sep 1, 2011 1:37 PM

    Okay Vikings, you’re up next. If you’re serious about putting a winner on the field, you’d better get busy and work out Adrian Peterson’s next contract BEFORE the season gets very old.

  56. midniterambler7 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:38 PM

    Our prayers for his “situation” must have came through. Guess there is a God.

  57. scudbot says: Sep 1, 2011 1:43 PM

    Congratulating oneself in a pro football forum because an imaginary draft to an imaginary team worked out before the imaginary season begins: ridiculous.

  58. 706vet says: Sep 1, 2011 1:44 PM

    “I like to thank everyone who have me in there prayers thru my situation, it’s much needed” CJ tweet…

    That about sums it up! He got thru the ordeal, congrats, it must of been a trying time.

  59. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:44 PM

    phillychzstk2012 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:21 PM

    Good deal.

    Fantasy football slobs everywhere rejoice.

    I’m sick of hearing from them and their whining. Let’s play football.

    —————————————————-

    ever tried Fantasy Football?? in my opinion it makes you much more of a NFL fan when you play. its either you havent tried it or you just arent good at it and feel you have to attempt to rip others for playing it.
    ————-

    I played it for 8 years. I knew it was out of hand when I was pulling for an EAGLES player to score against my GIANTS just so my fantasy team could advance in the playoffs in ’09.

  60. cshearing says: Sep 1, 2011 1:45 PM

    Good for you, CJ. You deserve it as much as any other player.

  61. scudbot says: Sep 1, 2011 1:46 PM

    Please, someone start a Pretend Football Talk board.

  62. dench81 says: Sep 1, 2011 1:49 PM

    hey chris can you now STFU

  63. kchoya says: Sep 1, 2011 1:49 PM

    Looks like the Chiefs got a steal, signing Jamaal Charles to a five-year, $32.5 million extension last December that included $13 million guaranteed.

  64. billygoat says: Sep 1, 2011 1:50 PM

    Maybe he can afford a speech therapist now.

  65. carnboys says: Sep 1, 2011 1:56 PM

    Wow! All of that money paid to him. He is not worth all of that money. He is just a running back.
    The owners in football should invest there money not spend it on football players. This is a kids game.

  66. cletusvandam says: Sep 1, 2011 1:56 PM

    sirmixalotalotalot says:
    Sep 1, 2011 1:35 PM
    I’m surprised he knows how to write his own name on the contract

    ————-
    We both know he just signed with an X

  67. kolb2fitz says: Sep 1, 2011 2:01 PM

    Jamaal Charles <<<<< Chris Johnson

  68. KIR says: Sep 1, 2011 2:16 PM

    YES!!!!!!!!!! Haters :-)

  69. KIR says: Sep 1, 2011 2:17 PM

    Jamaal Charles should fire his agent. The guy should never negotiate another contract again for the rest of his life.

  70. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 1, 2011 2:26 PM

    phillychzstk2012
    with a name like this how can you call them YOUR giants??
    and thanks for pulling for the eagles,, it really paid of for us.
    giants stink,, get out of jersey.

  71. gottapoop says: Sep 1, 2011 2:27 PM

    Jamaal Charles>>>>>>>>Chris Johnson…….My guy, JC, cost less and will be around longer. Plus Jamaal knows how to speak english

  72. thefiesty1 says: Sep 1, 2011 2:28 PM

    One of these days we’re going to be talking about REAL $$$$$. Good grief!!

  73. KIR says: Sep 1, 2011 2:30 PM

    Jamaal Charles agent Major Adams aka agent for Vince Young. SMH

  74. diabloryno says: Sep 1, 2011 2:31 PM

    Paging Adrian Peterson and the Vikings…paging Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. Time to get a deal done.

  75. deadeye says: Sep 1, 2011 2:40 PM

    Good for Chris, he got the big contract that he richly deserved. Don’t blow it all on bling cause you ain’t gettin another one of these contracts dude.

  76. cjepp says: Sep 1, 2011 2:42 PM

    Please ‘thumbs down’ this post. Thanks

  77. sonopazzo6 says: Sep 1, 2011 2:48 PM

    Good job…….both sides!

  78. dclogicatlast says: Sep 1, 2011 2:55 PM

    I smell r-a-c-i-s-m

  79. scudbot says: Sep 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    kchoya says:
    Sep 1, 2011 1:49 PM
    Looks like the Chiefs got a steal, signing Jamaal Charles to a five-year, $32.5 million extension last December that included $13 million guaranteed.

    The Chiefs got a fair contract for a RB star who has more upside than than CJ. The Titans made another bad decision which will become obvious over the next year or so.

  80. iflounder says: Sep 1, 2011 3:08 PM

    this just in, johnson is already holing out for a new deal.

  81. sportsdrenched.com says: Sep 1, 2011 3:19 PM

    I would say Jamaal Charles will be in the league longer because he’s splitting time with Thomas Jones. History tells us RB on a single back teams have short shelf lifes.

    Good for CJ, I bet he’s out of the league in 3 years. Hope he invests his money. Good deal for the Titans. Highest paid RB is fair, highest paid player was not.

  82. mstrshake says: Sep 1, 2011 3:24 PM

    CJ better rush for those 2500 yards he promised a year ago if he wants to live up to that contract.

  83. scudbot says: Sep 1, 2011 3:26 PM

    At 1600 yards per season, that’s $5800 per yard.

  84. jackfnburton says: Sep 1, 2011 3:32 PM

    Now, shut up and play.

  85. killbuck0936 says: Sep 1, 2011 3:54 PM

    and now you may tear all the ligaments in your knee and not care

  86. bjtmeyer says: Sep 1, 2011 5:03 PM

    The Titans are weak. Chris Johnson might have the money he whined about now, but he definitely has less fans than he used to.

  87. cburmester85 says: Sep 1, 2011 5:07 PM

    This guys the next Shaun Alexander

  88. birdsofafeather32 says: Sep 1, 2011 5:50 PM

    He wants us to pray for him.Meanwhile some soldier,firefighter,policeman lost their live for one weeks worth of his pay.Works really 16 times a year.He can’t even honor a contract he signed.I pray for people who give kidneys for free.Not this smuck who cost his team the playoffs in 08 against the Ravens when he faked a injury so Suggs,Lewis,Reed and Ngata wouldn’t hit him.

  89. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 1, 2011 6:55 PM

    And he’ll be cut in the next two years….

  90. ninjapleazee says: Sep 1, 2011 6:56 PM

    I have a feeling this will turn out like Larry Johnson… signed huge contract.. then everything went downhill

  91. notsosmartski says: Sep 1, 2011 7:22 PM

    See, he is a good reason why we need to keep the Bush tax cuts. I bet he will hire at least one person.

  92. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 1, 2011 7:31 PM

    What’s WEAK is people walking away as “fans” of him because of the holdout, what he said, and how it affected their GOD FORSAKEN FANTASY TEAMS.

  93. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 1, 2011 7:54 PM

    so now TN will win 5-6 games instead of 3?

    should’ve let Kool Moe Dee walk

  94. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 1, 2011 7:55 PM

    Congratulating oneself in a pro football forum because an imaginary draft to an imaginary team worked out before the imaginary season begins: ridiculous.

    _____________

    Priceless !

  95. tv426 says: Sep 2, 2011 8:14 AM

    Is it just me or does he really look like The Predator in this photo?

  96. phillychzstk2012 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:36 AM

    Good deal.

    Fantasy football slobs everywhere rejoice.

    I’m sick of hearing from them and their whining. Let’s play football.

    —————————————————-

    ever tried Fantasy Football?? in my opinion it makes you much more of a NFL fan when you play. its either you havent tried it or you just arent good at it and feel you have to attempt to rip others for playing it.
    ————-

    I played it for 8 years. I knew it was out of hand when I was pulling for an EAGLES player to score against my GIANTS just so my fantasy team could advance in the playoffs in ’09.

    —————————————–

    thats because you were way too into your virtual world of football instead of the actual game. i have 18 teams and im more than capable of still 110% supporting my EAGLES. giants fans……

  97. phillychzstk2012 says: Sep 11, 2011 11:56 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Sep 1, 2011 2:26 PM
    phillychzstk2012
    with a name like this how can you call them YOUR giants??
    and thanks for pulling for the eagles,, it really paid of for us.
    giants stink,, get out of jersey.

    ——————————————–

    WOW hahhaha! your such a tool. I AM AN EAGLES FAN. the dude talking about “my giants” was RESPONDING to my comment. feeling like an idiot at all??

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