There was some doubt about paying Chris Johnson the money early in the year, but he has proven over the course of the season that he is worth every penny.
There has been a lot of talk here about what the Tennessee Titans will do with Chris Johnson this offseason considering $9 million of his $10 salary for 2013 becomes guaranteed on February 9th. Well Ian Rapport is reporting, according to PFT, that the Titans have every intention of keeping CJ and playing him the money.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Titans fully intend to keep Johnson on the team, with his current contract in place, and pay him that $10 million salary in 2013. According to Rapoport, the Titans think Johnson’s status as the seventh-leading rusher in the NFL this year, as well as his status as the team’s most recognizable star, makes him worth the money.
This really should not come as a surprise to anyone. While there was a time early in the season that this was very much in question, Johnson has played very well for most of late.
The PFT article points out that the problem with CJ is the inconsistency, but the Titans knew that when they gave him the contract. The money would have been an issue for them if they had cap problems, but at last check, the Titans were in the top 5 in the NFL in cap room.