Chris Johnson expected to stay with Tennessee Titans

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.

There has been a lot of talk about Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson's contract situation, and for good reason. He's paid like a premier running back, but performs erratically.

Ian Rapoport of reported Tuesday the Titans owe Johnson $10 million next season, including $9 million that's guaranteed if he's on the roster on the fifth day of the new league year. So the Titans won't wait long before needing to make a decision.

Mr. Rapsheet says Tennessee's decision could surprise a lot of people. Titans sources and sources who had spoken to Johnson believe that Johnson will be back with the Titans next season. Even though Johnson is a boom or bust or back, he's still the biggest name on a young offense that has some potential next season with wide receivers Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright growing up. The Titans believe he will help sell tickets and want to keep him. Some of his struggles this year have been attributed to a banged up offensive line.

Johnson's game on Monday night against the New York Jets was typical performance. He had a 94 yard touchdown, but only gained 28 yards on his other 20 carries. Then again, that 94-yard touchdown was the difference in the game. That's a tradeoff the Titans sound ready to live with