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article imageNFL: Chris Johnson finally gets his 4-year deal for $53.5 million

By Austin Tyler     Sep 2, 2011 in Sports
After all the Twitter talk, the holdout, and not being happy about his current deal, Johnson gets a deal he likes. You always expect a player of his caliber to get the money they want, but in the end it is up to the owner to justify the means.
Thursday morning the news came down that running back Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans have come to an agreement on a 4-year deal that is worth $53.5 million with $30 million guaranteed. This will keep Johnson in a Titans uniform till the 2016 season seeing he still had two-years left on his current deal which this deal was added on to. Johnson would have only made $1.065 million this year, and that was only because they restructured his deal to get him more money.
Johnson will receive $31 million over the first three-years. The deal was a deal that had to be done soon as the regular season was quickly approaching. You don’t want to have your most productive and star asset sitting at home when Week 1 is about to kickoff. The Titans will be taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars for their first game of the season, and with the addition on Matt Hasselbeck you want them to get some kind of rhythm.
The deal to get Johnson back on the field was also valuable due to the fact that Javon Ringer has been hurt most of the preseason. Then the only other backs on the roster are rookie Jamie Harper who started the last two preseason games, and second year player Stafon Johnson.
With nine days till the Titans season opener on Sept. 11, fullback Ahmard Hall had this to say about Johnson learning the new offense.
You're going to have to think. 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.
Coming out of nowhere when he was drafted by the Titans out of Eastern Carolina, Johnson has surely shown his worth in his three-years with the organization. His rookie season after being taken 24th overall in the first round of the NFL draft, Johnson rushed for 1,228 yards with nine touchdowns. His next year in 2009, Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards with 14 touchdowns to become just the sixth player to rush for 2,000 plus yards, and he also had 503 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns. Last year he rushed for 1,364 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Johnson’s yardage total is third fastest in NFL history behind Eric Dickerson with 5,147, Earl Campbell 5,081, and then there is Johnson with 4,598 in front of LaDainian Tomlinson with 4,564.
In the end the process was not easy for Johnson as he received some criticism and racist comments for holding out. Johnson reported this on his twitter account saying
Fake Titan Fans, Shut Up.
Then he wrote
I don’t have a regular job so don’t compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I’m greedy.
After all the media backlash, Johnson went on to justify his tweets by letting fans know why he went off with this tweet.
My titan fans taking it all wrong I'm talking to the ones writing me racist Comments. I'm not call the Titan fans fake at all. #LUV.
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