The Tennessee Titans Get NFL's Biggest Steal with Chris Johnson

Ross LipschultzAnalyst IJuly 19, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  NFL player Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans winner of the Best Breakthrough Athlete Award  poses backstage during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for ESPY)
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Everyone knows NFL Live should be banned from television from March through August.

And with Chris Johnson inking a new deal, Adam Schefter’s getting nervous about his diminishing airtime. reported that the sixth back in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards has agreed to a revised deal with the Titans. Just as he wanted, Johnson will get a raise in 2010.

Except the raise will cost less than his gold teeth.

He’s going to be making $2.5 million in the coming year, and Titans’ fans and officials must be going bananas. Does any other player at the top of his game sign for this little?

Even LeBron Shames wouldn’t have.

The Titans merely moved up his bonus from 2012 to this coming season, giving him essentially a $2 million raise. Strangely enough, the man who asked for a minimum $30 million in guaranteed money gladly signed the deal to come back to Nashville.

Did you just hear Tennessee explode? But this time, it’s in joy.

Vitamin C.J. is an integral part of the Titans team and not just because of his brilliant year this season. Yes, he shattered numerous records, but there aren’t many people that think he can do that year in and year out.

Look at the hole he would have left. Without him, Vince Young looks back at Alvin Pearman or three baby NFL backs before each hike.

Then he audibles to a pass play.

Young probably bit off all his fingernails hoping his backfield mate would return. With Johnson behind him, Young sees a lot more single coverages and can work on his confidence as a pocket passer.

Without him, there’d be more guys guarding Kenny Britt than the President. Young would be throwing more picks than in 2006.

But that’s not the only reason Titans’ faithful should be happy No. 28 is back. Look at the money the franchise saves. Now, owner Bud Adams has enough money to do exactly what his fans have wanted for some time now.

And I’m not talking about naked tailgating.

Adams can go find some talent to surround Young on offense. With Johnson returning, the Titans backfield will feel less like they are deep underwater with eight guys in the box applying pressure.

Hey, maybe while they’re down there, they can solve BP’s oil spill.

Tennessee is in desperate need of a proven wideout. No fan should have to watch Nate Washington drop more balls than Jenna Jameson again.  And while Britt is good, he could use a tutor at the position.

T.O., anyone?

Or Adams could help bolster the defense. The secondary has been thin, and if Michael Griffin gets beat deep on another simple streak, someone needs to take him out back with Ol’ Yeller.

Oh, wait. My senses tell me he just let someone go by him in OTAs. And again. And again.

Either way, bringing back Johnson for this amount of money is a cash cow. Not only does he save money for a big extension next year if the play continues, but the Titans now have a national star to market.

Try selling Pearman jerseys outside of Tennessee.

Hell, try selling them in Tennessee.

Tennessee saw its streets flooded and the towns go into a panic before. Now that Chris Johnson is back, possibly the biggest crisis has been avoided today in Nashville. 

If other catastrophes cost this much, America wouldn’t be in some of its worst economic times.

But then again, America’s catastrophes don’t all look that good in leather.


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