Thursday, September 1, 2011
The predator...sorry Chris Johnson, or CJ2K as he is known in some circles, received his demanded contract extension yesterday from the Tennessee Titans. Johnson had refused to report to camp until he got the deal he wanted, resulting in a 34-day holdout.
He returns for the final preseason game to the tune of $53 million over 4 years, with $30 million fully guaranteed.
The major sticking point in this scenario was Johnson's demand of $30 million in guaranteed money. It is understandable to want that amount...after all, food on the table and extra sets of gold teeth can get preeeettyyy expensive.
In all seriousness, Johnson was certainly owed a raise, as he was set to make $1.05 million in 2011, after moving into third place all time for total rushing yards over the first three years of a career, and setting the NFL's Yards From Scrimmage record in 2009. The problem was that CJ2K wanted to be the highest paid player in the NFL, which was never going to happen.
$53 million over four years is more than any running back has ever made, though acceptable for a top flight back with Johnson's accomplishments. Despite his less than classy way of doing business, tailbacks DO only have an average shelf life of 3-5 years.
The deal has earned the ire of many fans, many of whom have posted racist comments towards Johnson on Twitter and message boards, though Johnson has responded with equally biting comments from his verified Twitter account.
The only question now is whether Johnson will rest on his laurels with his cash in hand, vindicating his detractors, or if he will continue his pace to be one of the most prolific running backs in the history of the NFL.
Only time will tell.
Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2011 by Jake Silver
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