Ever since the Tennessee Titans restructured Chris Johnson’s contract, the running back has shown a positive attitude in his return to camp. He says he is ready to be a vital part of the Titans success next season. If he can deliver on his promise, NFL betting trends are sure to be in their favor.
“I couldn’t be in here mad. If I was going to come in here mad, I shouldn’t have taken the little [money] they gave me,” Johnson said. “Basically I have to come in here and have a great year and get my history deal next year.”
The All Pro running back says he still feels like he deserved to be paid this year, and says this will definitely be his last year playing without a long-term deal.
“I felt like I deserved it this year, but … I can say it won’t happen again,” Johnson added. “This is the last time without me having a long-term deal. It’s a must.”
Johnson led all rushers in the NFL last season with 2,006 yards in the regular season. His goal is to become the first running-back to gain 2,000 yards in two season after not earning a single MVP vote. There will be much bigger NFL point spreads with Johnson’s explosive running style on the field.
NFL agent Joel Segal says that the Titans have assured him that talks could begin as early as September. Johnson’s current deal is currently worth $12 million for five years. $7 million of that is guaranteed.
The running back began to lose some of his non-guaranteed money when he failed to show up for the start of training camp last week. Segal and Johnson are reportedly looking for at least $30 million in guaranteed money. The two-time Pro Bowl selection says he didn’t come back to Tennessee just for the money.
“I feel like a lot of teams around the league would be willing to pay me, but I want to be here,” Johnson said, according to The Tennessean. “And I feel like the way we worked it out for me to come this year, they pretty much know already I should have a deal next year. I know there is nothing I can do now. I just have to wait ’til next year.”
The Titans are not a team that is known to pay high-dollar contracts to keep their best free agents. Johnson will be coached by Craig Johnson this season due to Kennedy Pola’s departure for the west coast and USC.
“With my situation, you have to know who you are dealing with at the end of the day,” Johnson said. “You are dealing with a team that is not known for [paying].”
NFL betting sites have the Titans among the underdogs to win Super Bowl XLV at +3000 odds even with Johnson’s talents.