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http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6916193/chris-johnson-tennessee-titans-agree-53m-deal-source-says

Holdout running back Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans agreed to a four-year, $53 million extension with $30 million guaranteed on Thursday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Talks between the sides intensified on Wednesday night with both sides recognizing that if Johnson was going to play in Tennessee's regular season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the deal had to get done in the next few days.

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Wow, Adrian Peterson is smiling going into his contract year, lol.

Frank Gore is kicking himself for not waiting till CJ signed his on the dotted line :). $13 mil. for an RB per year is way too much. It is close to Larry Fitzgerald money when Fitzgerald has been in the league longer and produced longer. I am not sure about this. The Titans however could have benefited from the new CBA made retroactive where, a team, after year 3 of a player, where CJ is after year 3, has to decide whether they need to pick up the average of the top 3 or 5 in their position.

No matter what the new CBA says, rookies that produce for 2 yrs. in a row will still raise a stink about their production and being undervalued, you might as well write NFL contracts in water.

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There is no doubt that he deserves good money because he has produced well, but I'm a little iffy on giving that kind of money to a RB who has taken a lot of carries already. Oh well, the Titans will have to deal with whatever comes from it.

I'm assuming you moved this. Thanks. Forgot to put it where it goes.

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As good as Chris Johnson is, running backs are highly replaceable. I can't understand giving him that kind of money.

I think it was fan pressure, as bad a reason as that is.

It's interesting because CJ was not dealing from a position of much power or leverage.

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I think it was fan pressure, as bad a reason as that is.

It's interesting because CJ was not dealing from a position of much power or leverage.

When you are basically that teams offense you have a pretty good bargaining chip.

Cannot blame CJ for getting paid. This was probably going to be his only big pay day and we know the Titans would kick him to the curb the moment he is not useful anymore.

He defiantly deserved a pay raise after carrying that team since he was a rookie. Him and that defense made people actually think VY was better then what he was.

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When you are basically that teams offense you have a pretty good bargaining chip.

Cannot blame CJ for getting paid. This was probably going to be his only big pay day and we know the Titans would kick him to the curb the moment he is not useful anymore.

He defiantly deserved a pay raise after carrying that team since he was a rookie. Him and that defense made people actually think VY was better then what he was.

Good point(s).

I guess I'm used to a more Belichickian method of dealing with holdouts. lmao

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As far as I see it he already earned that money playing for relative pennies and carrying a sorry offense on his back. Get him paid and in two years get him out of there.

So, it was a retroactive payday in your view. By that rationale....you're going to give him a pay increase on top of his pay increase by saying he's worth 15M each of the next two years since he gets 30M guaranteed and you're going to cut him at that time. This, vs. the 31M he's actually scheduled to make over the first three years of his extension which would keep him under team control through 2016. Your suggestion is brilliantly counter-productive since it would pay him more for fewer years......which is fine because they're a division foe and I'd welcome this kind of bad cap management, which is exactly what might happen in TN.

Since the 53M is an extension, what you actually have if looking at it from a retroactive perspective is an average 7.57M salary for each of his 7 years if he plays out the contract extension (not including what he's already taken home from his original 5yr/12m deal). If he plays just two more years he would have earned a 10.6M average (again on just the 53M figure), which would put him more or less on par with what Adrian Peterson is set to make in 2011.

Chances are good Chris Johnson won't be an elite RB carrying the ball 300 times per year in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Maybe not even two years down the road in 2013. In 2010 Johnson's ypc and ypg dropped way off from his averages over his first two years (though still very good). So the actual cost of his services is yet to be determined, which comes full circle to the subject question - is the deal worth it at his position and juncture in career or not. Again, I say not, especially if expecting the same level of production. There will be less bang for the buck as time goes on, I'd expect. We'll see.

No matter how you cut it though, a guy that claimed to want to be the highest paid offensive player in the league to commensurate with his Offensive Player of the Year award, hold-out threat, and asking for a 1300% + payraise in the middle of his deal.....doesn't sit well with me. To each his own.....

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Kenny Britt, if he can keep his butt clean. We made him look like an all pro last year. That said, not sure he has a viable QB throwing to him now. Hasselbeck is up there in age, and Locker is still unproven.

QB play will define his season no doubt.

he'd look a lot scarier in a pats, colts, saints, falcon, etc, etc, jersey.

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  • 1 month later...

I knew this was a bad idea. A little guy like that will NEVER see this contract through without a great deal of time sitting out from injury. The problem with RB's is that they aren't worth a lick without blockers, thus no justification for that kind of money. Shoulda kept White and sent Johnson off.

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Reflecting on some things that are evolving but didn't want to do the dreaded "this has already been talked about" - thing with a new thread haha

Different convo. Yeah, we still suck and will finish at the bottom.

im surprised he only has 69 carries so far, not sure why the Titans aren't running the ball with him more he is their best offensive player

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