Chris Johnson: This Year's "Paydaman"

Andre PaulContributor IMay 20, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 03:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans smiles with his award after being named the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year at a press conference held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 3, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Only the sixth back in history to rush over 2,000 yards in a season.

The only back in history to have over 2,000 rushing yards and over 500 receiving yards in a season.

The holder of the single-season yards from scrimmage record.

Rushed for three runs of 85 yards or more in 2009; no back has ever had that many. In their career. 

Entering only his third season in the NFL, Chris Johnson has done much more than make a name for himself after being an extremely controversial draft choice among fans, and has literally become, self-proclaimed, "every coach's dream."

And he's due for only $550,000 next season. Alvin Pearman, the Titan's third string running back, is going to make more money than CJ if his contract remains unsettled. The running back position is very unforgiving in the NFL, careers can come and go even for the most gifted runners (average career length for RBs is about three years), and Chris's last season only comes once in a lifetime.

It's naive to hope for a season as amazing as last, it almost certainly won't happen again. 

This being considered, is it unreasonable for CJ2K to ask for more money? Not at all. There's no saying whether he gets injured in the future, and obviously he's going to want to paid more than someone two slots below him on the depth chart. 

Although being the highest paid offensive player in the league seems a little too much to ask for, it is completely reasonable for him to be the highest paid running back. He's had one of the greatest, in some aspects THE greatest, single-season show a running back has ever put on. He deserves much more than his current contract, and most of what he's asking for.

The Titans' management has been notoriously known for not paying their players enough, and I, along with the rest of Titan Nation, hope that they can come to terms and we can continue to watch CJ run away with games.


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