Chris Johnson And Tennessee Titans Agree To Deal

July 20, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The Tennessee Titians and Chris Johnson agreed to a deal Monday that will guarantee that the running back reports to training camp on time. One of the biggest story lines in the NFL this offseason, Johnson’s contract situation has caused 2010 NFL betting trends to fluctuate this summer.

NFL agent Joel Segal told reporters that the restructured deal is worth $2.5 million this season. Johnson and his agent are currently reviewing the deal, and could sign it within the next 48 hours.

No new years have been added to the deal, a fact that may cause the two parties to disagree once again. Johnson was looking for a long-term contract with lots of guaranteed money.

Under his current deal, Johnson would’ve gone into the 2010 season as the lowest paid running back on the Titans’ roster. He was scheduled to make $550,000 this season, but refused to report to training camp until a new number could be reached. The Titans are scheduled to report to camp July 30, and with a new deal in place with Johnson should have all their players present.

The Titans are trying to get back to the Super Bowl after a disappointing start to the regular season in 2009. They failed to make the playoffs due to losses in their first six games. Early NFL betting odds have set them as underdogs to win the 2010 AFC Championship game at +1400.

Johnson says his magic number is at least $30 million in guaranteed money. The Titans contend that NFL rules prevent them from giving Johnson a raise of more than 30 percent. Almost all of the money for a long-term deal would have to be paid up front to Johnson, something the Titans are not prepared to do.

“When they do something, I’ll be proud to be there with my teammates,” Johnson said.

After rushing for 2,006 yards in the 2009 season, Johnson sets his sights on breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105 yards in a single season. Johnson ranks second behind Dickerson and Edgerrin James for the most yards in the first two years of a career with 3,234. He also has an impressive streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games with 11 in a row. Barry Sanders holds that record with 14.

Pre-season 2010 Super Bowl XLV odds have the Titans as the underdog to win the game at +3000.

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