Chris Johnson wanted to be paid like a running back intent on following up a season in which he rushed for more than 2,000 yards with a run at Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 yards. Perhaps pondering the fact that none of the five previous running backs who rushed for at least 2,000 yards ever reached that mark again, the Titans seemed hesitant to break the bank. The compromise? He'll get $2.5 million this season and we may get to do this all again next summer.
But even if history is working against Johnson and his financial future remains uncertain, how big a prize is Dickerson's record? The three most notable single-season yardage records have all stood for more than a decade, and more than a quarter of a century in the case of Dickerson's mark and Dan Marino's 5,084 passing yards in the same 1984 season. So which one is the NFL's most hallowed single-season yardage record?
[I]f you signed a minimum deal for a company you worked for. And within two years were the most valuable and important piece of that company, while doing the most work you would be fine with not getting a raise for another 3 years?” -- 21gpackers
I think he's doing them a favor by reporting for that little money. Career shelf-life is non-existent in the NFL. I never thought I'd say this, but I wish he would hold out, even if he misses the season, for a lucrative deal. See where they go w/o him. What would've happened? Lose $550k, sucky team? What a joke the Titans are.” -- goldenboy1n3