Johnson’s restructured contract raises stakes

Tennessee Titans NFL runningback Chris Johnson arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT FOOTBALL) Nation received great news when we learned that the Tennessee Titans restructured Chris Johnson’s contract. According to reports, the All-Pro running back will earn $2.5 million in 2010.

What this means for the Titans

The Titans offense will have its dynamic duo in play all season long… that is, if Vince Young is not suspended by league commissioner Roger Goodell for his strip club tussle.  Johnson, the NFL’s best running back, will give the Titans a great chance to rack up lots of yards and keep its relatively weak defense off the field.

The Titans front office has a year to figure out how to make Johnson happy in the long run. Johnson has Hall-of-Fame talent, and barring injury, he figures to be very productive over the next 3-5 years. Tennessee would be foolish to let him go.

What this means for Chris Johnson

The stakes are high for Johnson. 2010 has now become a contract year. He has to produce, and produce big, if he hopes the Titans will make him one of the league’s highest paid players.

Recently, he made the absurd statement that he believes he can run for 2500 yards this season. I think he’s capable of rushing for 2000 yards, but he won’t come close to 2500. Even so, anything less than 2000 yards in total offense will be a disappointment.


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