Chris Johnson is All About the Money, Losing Respect Every Day

June 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Coming out of East Carolina, Chris Johnson was a projected second to third round draft pick. After he ran a 4.24 40 yard dash at the combine, Johnson elevated his stock up into the first round.

When the Titans were on the clock with the 24th pick, not many expected them to take a running back because they already had LenDale White on the roster.

Some questioned the pick at first, but as it turns out, Tennessee may have drafted a player that could become the best running back to ever play the game.

Johnson signed a five-year, $12 million contract with $7 million guaranteed. For a late first-rounder, this is a pretty reasonable contract.

In his rookie season, Johnson ran for 1,228 yards on 251 carries. These solid stats got him second place in the AP Rookie of the Year voting.

Chris had now established himself as one of the best running backs in the NFL at that time.

This next year would be where Johnson took over as the very best.
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