Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Titans, Johnson agree on new deal 09/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 12:14am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Volkov hopes to prove his surprise selection right


    RW Alexander Volkov was not a particularly talked-about player in the lead up to the NHL entry draft.

  2. Competition and uncertainty keep New Port Richey's Steve Miklos hooked on power boat racing


    HOLIDAY — If Steve Miklos could have it his way, every power boat race would take place in rough water. He finds the turbulent conditions calming, an attitude he's developed during a professional power boat racing career that spans hundreds of races dating back to 1991.

    Steve Miklos, the throttle man and owner of the No. 51 Sun Print Racing boat, poses at his shop in Holiday. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Did a Cubs player give Trump the middle finger during a White House visit?


    President Donald Trump welcomed former Rays manager Joe Maddon and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs into the Oval Office. But it was a photo that surfaced later that got much of the attention on …

    President Donald Trump welcomed former Rays manager Joe Maddon and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs into the Oval Office. But it was a photo that surfaced later that got much of the attention on social media.
The photo, taken by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, purportedly shows outfielder Albert Almora Jr. flipping a bird while standing just feet from Trump as the other players were gathered around his desk. [Gordon Wittenmyer via Twitter]
  4. Jeff Vinik contributing $6 million to fund Lightning's practice facility upgrade


    With free agency beginning Saturday, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will have another selling point in the courting process.

    The plan will create a brand new locker room and training facilities for the team, an 18,000 square foot addition.
  5. Buccaneers defense was among NFL's best when its pressure got to the QB


    It doesn't matter how many times they've thrown a football. It doesn't matter how many seasons they've played. It doesn't matter whether they have a degree from Harvard or Central Florida.

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded 6.5 sacks last season, but many of his other contributions didn't show up in the box scores. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]