It’s not the minimum $30 million in guaranteed money he had been saying he wanted after becoming just the sixth back to run for at least 2,000 yards.
However, he no longer will be the lowest-paid running back on the Titans roster with a base salary of $550,000. The raise will also prevent him from missing training camp when the Titans report on July 30 after sitting out the entire offseason in protest.
The Titans declined to confirm the deal yesterday, and Johnson did not respond to messages left on his cell phone.
Team officials had insisted Johnson was under contract for 3 more years and that rules limiting pay hikes to 30 percent in the league’s labor agreement made it impossible to give Johnson a huge raise. Almost all of the money for a new long-term deal would have been paid up front, which the Titans were not willing to do.
Johnson won the ESPY for breakthrough athlete last week and promised he would be happy even with a small raise for the short term.