There was a point during the 2011 NFL campaign at which it was legitimately worth wondering whether Titans running back Chris Johnson might be released this offseason. As Florio noted in November, “several teams” believed Johnson might be cut because he was playing so poorly.
But that’s not happening.
The Titans have kept Johnson on their roster beyond the fifth day of the new league year, guaranteeing his 2012 base salary of $8 million. Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean confirms that Johnson’s roster security, at least for the upcoming season, is now a “dead issue.”
The Titans will face a similar decision next offseason. On the fifth day of the 2013 league year, $9 million of Johnson’s $10 million base salary for that season becomes guaranteed.
For 2012, Johnson has set a goal of reemerging as the NFL’s leading rusher. If he does so, Johnson can safely expect to continue collecting multi-millions from the Titans’ organization.