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After deal, star RB aims high

NASHVILLE — Chris Johnson has his four-year contract extension worth $53 million and the $30 million guaranteed he wanted. Now the three-time Pro Bowl running back is again setting his sights high.

And he wants to take the Titans with him.

"We haven't been to the playoffs in two years, so I want to get back to the playoffs, hopefully win the Super Bowl here," Johnson said Friday night. "I've got a lot of team goals. We haven't been in the postseason, so that's the big thing this team hasn't done, and I always got that goal to rush for 2,000 yards again."

Johnson spoke to reporters after signing his extension. He agreed to the deal Thursday and flew into Nashville from his Orlando home on Friday.

The Titans' last playoff berth was in his rookie season, 2008, and he didn't make it to halftime of a loss to Baltimore because of an ankle injury that also kept him out of the Pro Bowl.

Tennessee was 6-10 last season and has a new coach in Mike Munchak and a new quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck.

The running back pointed out he set the goal of running for 2,000 yards going into his second season, then became only the sixth man in league history to do just that with 2,006 yards. He has led the NFL with 4,598 yards rushing over his first three seasons.

Also, Titans receiver Kevin Curtis has a broken bone in his left hand.

Colts hire former Ohio St. coach Tressel

Jim Tressel is heading to the NFL.

The disgraced former Ohio State coach was hired by the Colts as a game-day consultant to help determine when the team should challenge plays. Coach Jim Caldwell said it was a position he wanted to fill for a couple of years.

"He's a guy I have known for quite some time and have a good relationship with," Caldwell said during a conference call.

Tressel had been actively seeking employment after resigning from Ohio State on May 30 amid a damaging NCAA scandal. He visited practices in Cleveland and Indianapolis recently and attended the Colts' preseason finale Thursday in Cincinnati. But his job, Caldwell said, will be limited to working game days from the coaches' booth.

BEARS: Unhappy with his contract, Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs told the Chicago Tribune he is seeking permission to look for a trade. Briggs has three years left on a six-year, $36 million deal and is scheduled to make $3.9 million this season, including bonuses.

BROWNS: Tight end Evan Moore signed a two-year extension, worth nearly $3 million a year through the 2013 season.

COWBOYS: Receiver Kevin Ogletree is free on bond after he was arrested for failing to pay two traffic tickets in suburban Dallas.

EAGLES: An MRI exam confirmed that Vince Young has a hamstring strain. The team said the backup quarterback was day to day.

49ERS: Coach Jim Harbaugh said former No. 1 overall draft pick Alex Smith held onto the job as starting quarterback.

GIANTS: Linebacker Clint Sintim went on season-ending injured reserve. He tore the ACL and patellar tendon in his right knee in the second half Thursday against New England.

JETS: Quarterback Greg McElroy, a rookie from Alabama, had surgery on his dislocated right thumb and is out indefinitely.

PACKERS: Right guard Josh Sitton, a former UCF standout, signed an extension to stay with the team through 2016.

PANTHERS: As expected, rookie and No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton was named the starting quarterback for the Sept. 11 opener at Arizona.

SUSPENSIONS: Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams and three others were suspended for the first two games of the regular season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances, ending a three-year court fight. Also suspended were Saints defensive end Will Smith and two players without teams: defensive tackle Pat Williams and defensive end Charles Grant. The Williamses, who are not related, had been embroiled in a long court fight over positive tests for the banned diuretic bumetanide in 2008. They argued that the supplement StarCaps did not list the ingredient on its label. Others sitting out are Redskins cornerback Phillip Buchanon (four games) and Ravens receiver David Reed (one), also for substance-abuse policy violations.

RISON INDICTED: Former receiver Andre Rison has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a child-support case in Arizona. The indictment accuses Rison, 44, of failing to pay more than $10,000 between August 2008 and last month.

NO HGH TESTS: The league will not begin blood-testing its players for human growth hormone at the start of the season as targeted, team owners were told. The league and the NFL Players Association agreed to blood testing as part of the new labor deal but negotiations on that subject have been at a standstill.


Notable cuts

Cardinals: P Ben Graham, QB Brodie Croyle

Eagles: TE Cornelius Ingram

Falcons: DE Chauncey Davis, OT Trey Lewis

Patriots: OL Jonathan Compas, LB Ricky Brown

Titans: S Myron Rolle, RB Kestahn Moore

Vikings: WR/KR Jaymar Johnson, DE Stylez G. White

After deal, star RB aims high 09/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 10:53pm]
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