Since running for over 2,000 yards in 2009, Titans RB Chris Johnson has been clamoring for a deal. He signed a five-year deal as a rookie in 2008 so he had three years remaining on his current contract. That made some think the Titans wouldn't even think about adding more money to his contract. However, as time went on, the Titans recognized that his production so early in his career may be cause for special consideration.
The thinking was that because of the 30 percent rule (which limits the amount base salaries can increase this year) the two sides would agree on a deal that would pay him more in 2010 without restructuring the rest of his contract. Sort of like a band-aid.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Johnson and the Titans did agree on a restructured deal.
As expected, the arrangement will pay Johnson more money this year, with no additional years being added to the contract. Johnson currently is signed through 2012.
The new deal has not yet been signed, so we suppose it could fall through. But at this point it's unlikely.
This is a band-aid but works out well for both sides. Once the labor landscape is more clear, the two sides can focus on getting a true long-term extension done.
The last time we heard from Johnson he said, "If they pay me, I'm in camp" so that presumably means Johnson will be at Titans training camp next week.
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