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Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans agree to contract extension

September 1, 2011 | 12:39 pm


Running back Chris Johnson has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Tennessee Titans, ending his holdout.

Johnson has led the NFL in rushing the last three seasons and refused to report to preseason camp without a new deal. The 24th pick overall in the 2008 draft out of East Carolina, Johnson became only the sixth man in NFL history to run for 2,000 yards in 2009 when he ran for 2,006 yards.

The Titans revised his contract a year ago, accelerating some payments, but he still was set to earn only $1.065 million for this season.

Now the running back will be under contract for through 2016 with a revised deal worth $53.5 million, including $30 million guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract details remained confidential.

Fullback Ahmard Hall said Johnson would have some work to do to learn new offensive coordinator's Chris Palmer's offense, especially with the different terminology.

"You're going to have to think," Hall said. "You're not going to just be able to roll in and hit the ground running.... Coach Palmer has put in a lot of good things, but the language is different. He's definitely going to have to think. The sooner he gets in the better."


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Chris Johnson. Credit: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press.