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Titans, Johnson agree on new deal

NASHVILLE — The Titans and Chris Johnson agreed to a four-year contract extension the Associated Press on Thursday reported guarantees the running back $30 million and could be worth $56 million.

The extension will be tacked on to the two years he had remaining on his previous contract, meaning he is under contract through 2016.

"It was a tough negotiation," general manager Mike Reinfeldt said. "But both sides gave some."

Johnson, who was not available for comment, has 4,598 career rushing yards. That is the most in the league over the past three seasons and trails only Earl Campbell (5,081 from 1978-80) and Eric Dickerson (5,147 from 1983-85) for most in a player's first three seasons. In 2009, he became the sixth player to surpass 2,000 yards (2,006).

Johnson refused to report to training camp without a new deal. The Titans revised his contract a year ago, moving up some money. He was set to earn $1.065 million this season. With the new deal, he will make $13 million.

Former Gator, Jag set to retire today

JACKSONVILLE — Running back Fred Taylor will sign a one-day contract with the Jaguars and retire today. The former Gator spent 11 seasons with Jacksonville.

He is first in team history with 11,271 rushing yards, third with 286 receptions and fourth with 2,361 receiving yards. Taylor spent the past two seasons playing sparingly in New England. In NFL history, his 11,695 rushing yards are 15th.

Broncos: Linebacker D.J. Williams' trial for misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and not having his car's headlights on was scheduled for Jan. 17.

Vikings: Amy Koch, Minnesota's state Senate majority leader, said she wants a referendum on a half-cent sales tax to help build a stadium. A vote likely could not be held until November 2012. But the Vikings' lease at the Metrodome expires after this season. And stadium supporters believe Ramsey County, site of a proposed $1.1 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, would vote against a tax hike that would contribute $350 million. The Vikings responded by saying they want to be treated like the Twins, whose stadium was built after Hennepin County commissioners bypassed a referendum and raised the sales tax. There is no timetable for a decision.

Sept. 11 tribute: The league will remember the attacks during its season openers that day. Pregame tributes will be synchronized on CBS and Fox, and be shown at all stadiums. From there, ceremonies will include coaches, players and local first responders holding field-length flags for the national anthem.

backup QBs hurt: The Eagles' Vince Young hurt his right hamstring at the Jets when his leg got stuck in the turf. The play came after the Eagles faked a field goal on fourth and 6 and were intercepted but New York was called for offside. … In Atlanta, the Ravens' Tyrod Taylor sustained a shoulder bruise on a hit.

Game highlights: Kerry Collins, signed by the Colts last week, went 5-of-10 for 45 yards with a fumble while playing most of the first half of a 17-13 win at the Bengals. … The Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew, coming off knee surgery, ran five times for 14 yards in his debut, a 24-17 loss to the visiting Rams. … Christian Ponder went 10-of-17 for 83 yards and a score as the host Vikings beat the Texans 28-0. The former Florida State standout also rushed eight times for 61 yards. … Carolina rookie Cam Newton threw his first touchdown, a 10-yarder to Jeremy Shockey, in a 33-17 loss to visiting Pittsburgh. He went 3-of-5 for 25 yards in his only series.

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