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Titans guarantee Chris Johnson’s $8 million base salary

Titans' Johnson scores a touchdown against the Bills in Orchard Park Reuters

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.

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23 Responses to “Titans guarantee Chris Johnson’s $8 million base salary”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 20, 2012 1:52 PM

    Let me see your grill.

  2. nathan702nelson says: Mar 20, 2012 1:52 PM

    Adrian Peterson will always, always be better than this guy.

  3. contra74 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:53 PM

    Adrian Peterson with a busted ACL can get more yards than a healthy Chris Johnson.

  4. trojan33sc says: Mar 20, 2012 1:56 PM

    Titans were better off drafting a RB and keeping the money. This is a throw-a-way of cap dollar$$.

  5. redman7924 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:57 PM

    8 million is multiple millions! right?

  6. medtxpack says: Mar 20, 2012 1:57 PM

    thats like getting out of a crappy relationship with a girl, finding out you cant dump her than going and buying her a car….

  7. mrbigass says: Mar 20, 2012 1:57 PM

    Got paid and laid down. Tacks will be sorry they wrote that check…….

  8. tcostant says: Mar 20, 2012 1:58 PM

    Anyone who saw this guy last year knows that the “old” Chris Johnson is gone. The guy from last year bounced everything outside, hoping for a huge play but more offen than not, not getting the 3 or 4 yards that were there for the taking. This guy is dead to me.

  9. KIR says: Mar 20, 2012 2:01 PM

    Chris Johnson
    6-year $53.5 million
    2008 1,228 yards second in AP rookie of the year
    2009 2,006 yards one of only six player in NFL history
    2010 1364 yards
    3 PRO BOWLS

    Chris Johnson is Proven talent and has earned every penny he’s been paid. One bad season and now he’s a bum? He will be back to pro bowl form next season. FYI, Chris Johnson worst season stats are almost the exact same as Peyton Hillis BEST season!

  10. jkaldur says: Mar 20, 2012 2:02 PM

    Really…. reemerging as the NFL’s leading rusher?

    A complete tool. He got paid, now is just playing when, and if he feels like it – which is not very often. Loads of speed and some talent to be a very good RB, just lacks the motivation and desire for the game.

    Good Luck with that goal this year.

  11. djgblack says: Mar 20, 2012 2:03 PM

    Prime example of why you don’t pay these idiots top dollar!!! life span is to short for running backs, & they come a dime a dozen. They run real hard to get the money, & when they get paid they run soft, so they don’t get hurt. Good luck michael bush and cedric benson. N.FL. teams aren’t paying you guys top dollar anymore

  12. steelersrscum says: Mar 20, 2012 2:06 PM

    Actually, “anyone who saw this guy last year” knows our interior offensive line was totally woeful. Which is why we’ve interviewed every top C available and already signed a new G. Chris has another season to come good on his contract and I anticipate he will. Losing Mawae was a killer.

  13. peterozelle says: Mar 20, 2012 2:08 PM

    As good as the “old” CJ2K was, they still couldn’t win with him. Now that he’s proved to be lousy, why keep paying him?

  14. duece5 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:09 PM

    Comparing “give me my money” CJ to the Pro of Pros, Adrian Peterson, is embarassing.

    After Johnson got his green, he played PATHETIC. In 2011, he only rushed for over 100 yards 4 times, and he ran for less than 61 yards the other 8 games!!

    In yards, had these 5 games rushing: 13, 18, 21, 23, 24…..good Lord!

    He only had 4 TDs…….

    No thanks for my money, so anyone who says, well, he still ran for over 1,000 yards…..BIG DEAL…..in 2 games he rushed for nearly 30% of that total……dude is a bust and runs scared to get hit.

  15. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 20, 2012 2:13 PM

    There’s no getting around it–based on last season, Chris Johnson has either seriously lost a step (actually SEVERAL steps); didn’t condition himself at all in the off-season; or, as Marshall Faulk suggested, was trying to sabotage the Titans. Those are the only choices and none bode well for who he is.

  16. r8rsfan says: Mar 20, 2012 2:14 PM

    Titans uniform looks like an NHL team.

  17. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 20, 2012 2:17 PM

    He’s going to have a monster year. Why? Two words…Steve Hutchinson. Just look at his track record as a blocker.

  18. duece5 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:19 PM

    KIR says:Mar 20, 2012 2:01 PM

    Chris Johnson
    6-year $53.5 million
    2008 1,228 yards second in AP rookie of the year
    2009 2,006 yards one of only six player in NFL history
    2010 1364 yards
    3 PRO BOWLS

    Chris Johnson is Proven talent and has earned every penny he’s been paid. One bad season and now he’s a bum? He will be back to pro bowl form next season. FYI, Chris Johnson worst season stats are almost the exact same as Peyton Hillis BEST season!

    duece5 says:

    So, if you are comparing who you feel is a great back to Peyton Hillis, you have already lowered your standards of what a great back is!!

    A GREAT back does NOT have a bad year……they may have a few bad games. But you conveniently left out Johnson’s 2011 stats, THE YEAR AFTR HE SIGNED HIS MEGA DEAL!!

    He was a bum ….yes!

    4 TDs….only 4 games over 100 yards, with 2 of those games accumulating 1/3 of the year’s yardage!

    He had these 5 TREMENDOUS games:
    13 yards, 18 yards, 21 yards, 23 yards, and 24 yards!!! Holy crap, even Peyton Hillis thinks he stinks!!!!

    He had 8 games of 61 yards or less, and yes, 5 of those games WERE 24 YARDS OR LESS!!!

    Holy crap, that is UGLY.

    If you are an RB in your 4th year (2011 for him, you are suppose to be in your prime) and you post those numbers, YOU ARE NO LONGER ELITE.

    The elite RBs are Peterson, Forte, Arian Foster, and Lesean McCoy……all EASILY above Johnson.

  19. steelersrscum says: Mar 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    some of you guys sure spend a lot of time researching players you “hate”

  20. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    I don’t like this guy a a player and didn’t prior to his big contract. Too small to last, however when players hold out they often struggle trying to catch up. The rest of the league that had been playing for 2-3 mos before he ended his hold out.

    I knew last year was a lost cause, we’ll see if he shows up to play this year or if he is about the money. OR he plays great the 1 4weeks and then blows a knee…………..ouch running backs with huge contracts will kill ya.

  21. larrydavid815 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:57 PM

    CJ is a waste, a has been, doesn’t care, is only in it for himself, and is not trying hard enough.

    He is stealing from Titans fans!!!

  22. obie09 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    The first half of the year he was obviously out of shape and sucked, but the 2nd half of the year (8 games) he had like 700 yards on a nice clip of 5 yards per carry. He looked more like the CJ of old and in the 2nd half of the season he was in the top 3 in the NFL in rushing yards for those 8 games. You guys just go based off of a full seasons stats and don’t take all of the different things that happened with the line & him missing camp which was obviously his fault. He’s not done yet.

  23. teedraper says: Mar 21, 2012 6:58 AM

    Several teams WANTED him cut so they could sign him. Only a fool think the Titans wouldn’t keep CJ.

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