What once seemed like a foregone conclusion that 2012 would be the final season for Chris Johnson with the Tennessee Titans now appears to be changing directions. According to sources, including Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Titans expect to hold on to Johnson for at least the 2013 NFL season.
Rapoport reported that Johnson’s roster spot beyond this season is “fine,” and that the Titans fully expect him to once again be their starting running back as they enter the 2013 season, despite some of the struggles and comments by Johnson throughout the past year and a half.
The Titans owe Johnson $10 million in 2013. The surprising part is that because of how the contract is worded, they will owe him $9 million in guaranteed money if he is still on the roster as of the fifth day of the new NFL calendar year. That would give Tennessee five days in order to decide if it is worth it to pay Johnson as the top back in the league when, clearly, he no longer is.
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