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|Chris Johnson has three years remaining on the rookie contract he signed in 2008.|
|The 49ers recently negotiated a new $50 million deal with Patrick Willis, who was drafted a year before Johnson.|
30% Rule (Article XXIV, Section 8(b), pages 133-134 and 241)
Renegotiations/extensions entered into in the 2010 League Year of 2009 NFL player contracts may not increase per year from 2009 to 2010 or beyond more than 30% of 2009 Salary. For example, if 2009 Salary is $2m, the maximum Salary available in 2010 is $2.6, 2011 is $3.2m, etc. Salary for 30% Rule does NOT include amounts treated as Signing Bonus or early termination buyout prorations tied to NLTBE [not likely to be earned] incentives (those tied entirely to LTBE incentives are open issue with NFL), but DOES include option extension bonus prorations.