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The full Chris Johnson contract breakdown

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Last week, the Titans signed running back Chris Johnson to a four-year extension, with a new-money average of $13.4 million.  The full details, for those interested (all five of you), are now available.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Johnson received a $10 million signing bonus, along with a $3 million fully guaranteed base salary in 2011.

In 2012, Johnson will receive a base salary of $8 million.  The base salary is guaranteed for injury only at the time of signing.  It becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2012 League Year.

The base salary reduces by $250,000 if Johnson doesn’t participate in the team’s offseason workout program.  It drops by another $300,000 if he doesn’t rush for 1,000 yards in 2011.

In 2013, Johnson’s salary is $10 million, $9 million of which is guaranteed for injury only now.  It becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2013 League Year.  The salary drops by $250,000 if he fails to complete the offseason workout program.

In 2014, Johnson’s salary is $8 million, with the same $250,000 de-escalator.  Ditto for 2015.

In the final year of the deal, Johnson’s salary will be $7 million, with a $2 million roster bonus due on the seventh day of the 2016 League Year.  The base salary can drop by up to $2 million based on rushing yards, along with a potential $250,000 reduction based on participation in offseason workouts.

It works out to a be a six-year, $56 million deal.  That’s an average of $9.3 million.

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7 Responses to “The full Chris Johnson contract breakdown”
  1. bringbacktheflex says: Sep 8, 2011 9:03 AM

    It’s hard to tell how easily the Titans can get out of this boat-anchor contract. Owners will never learn. It’s almost a 99% certainty that Johnson will never ever come close to his past performances, and will almost assuredly get “hurt” this season.

    Ah well, we won’t have to worry about the Titans for a few years.

  2. cheesetwig says: Sep 8, 2011 9:13 AM

    Should be getting paid more towards the end of the contract. RB’s shelf life is sooo short, espicially for a guy like C2K.

  3. brewdogg says: Sep 8, 2011 9:19 AM

    I don’t see how. He can be dropped at any time.

  4. voiceofrealism says: Sep 8, 2011 10:03 AM

    Apparently, if he were cut after this year, they would have paid 13 mil. If cut after next year, they would have paid 21 mil. So they are basically paying him a few mil extra this year to shut the hell up and play. Otherwise, he’s pretty much paid like the highest paid RB. Johnson thinks he got more than he did.

  5. ianwhetstone says: Sep 8, 2011 10:58 AM

    I’d like to think that more than five of us care about this sort of thing. On the other hand, Andrew Brandt had this over at NFP last week.

    It’s not that Johnson thinks that he “got more” than he did, really; it’s that the Titans gave up cheap years on an existing deal in the process, and that is not an insignificant win for the player.

  6. thephantomstranger says: Sep 8, 2011 12:19 PM

    Interesting that the article says only five people would be interested and there are exactly five comments. I guess I ruined that, but I wasn’t really interested in the article.

  7. brewdogg says: Sep 8, 2011 2:03 PM

    LOL Yeah, I guess no one really does care….

    This contract is entirely dependant on CJ continuing to put up numbers that would justify his price tag, and that’s the way it should be. Even the cap hit for cutting him early isn’t so bad…. But if he gets injured, $30 mil is guaranteed. I’d say this is a good deal for both sides.

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