NFL Trade Speculation: How Well Does Chris Johnson Fit with Potential Teams?

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NFL Trade Speculation: How Well Does Chris Johnson Fit with Potential Teams?
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For a 26-year-old running back who has rushed for 4,600 yards in his first three NFL seasons, the fact that he wants a star-powered contract is no surprise.

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is nothing shy of a an NFL superstar, and his $800,000 base salary in 2011 is the reason why he's currently holding out, making his case that his services are worth much more than that of a 2008 late-first-round rookie deal.

According to reports, Johnson is seeking a deal with $30 million in guaranteed coin, which really isn't out of the question for a young man who is on pace to pass Emmitt Smith as the NFL's all-time leading rusher in just under nine seasons.

The following is a quick analysis of how Johnson would fit in with potential suitors (i.e. those teams with sufficient cap room that could trade for CJ and sign him to a long-term deal, ala Kevin Kolb).

For cap numbers, I have used the numbers issued by Jason La Canfora of NFL.com. As mentioned by La Canfora himself, because of signings, cuts and restructuring, these cap numbers will constantly change all the way up until Week 1. Please understand that these cap numbers are used as a reference.

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