Johnson was set to make only $1.065 million this season under the terms of the original deal he signed with the Titans. That is well below market rate for an elite running-back like Johnson.
Now Johnson gets a new six year deal through 2016 worth $53.5 million with $30 million guaranteed. Johnson has now set a new benchmark for running backs in the NFL and I am sure that Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, who is in the final year of his original contract, will have taken notice of the $30 million guaranteed, a records for a running back.
Johnson has led the NFL in yards rushing the past three seasons and refused to report to the camp without a new deal. The 24th pick overall in the 2008 draft out of East Carolina, Johnson became only the sixth man in NFL history to run for 2,000 yards in 2009 when he ran for 2,006 yards.