Pay Johnson what he's worth

As a lower first-round pick, Titans RB is paying price for outperforming his contract

Originally Published: June 3, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

For the Tennessee Titans and most likely every other team in the NFL, it's easy to dismiss the contract demands of running back Chris Johnson.

He's entering the third year of a $9.226 million contract that runs through 2012. He's 24, reasonably young for a running back. The No. 24 overall selection in the 2008 draft, he's coming off a 2,006-rushing-yard season.

The Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, drafted a year ahead of Johnson, isn't close ...

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