NASHVILLE Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has made a fine living out of running from defenders, especially during that record-breaking 2,000-yard season in 2009.
He's also become quite adept at outrunning his critics, too. From the time he held out during training camp last year before getting that 53.5-million contract with 30 million guaranteed, to the continuing wonderment then and now whether he still has "it" or not, whatever "it" is, the former first-round draft pick out of East Carolina has learned to deftly move through all the issues that seem to constantly surround him.
That will again be put to the test just after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, when the clock starts ticking for the Titans and their five-day window to ante up on a contract deal for 10 million next season that includes 9 million guaranteed. Making that decision dicey is that the Titans can release Johnson during the period and not have his salary count toward the team's annual cap next year.