NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Titans owe Johnson $10 million next season, including $9 million that's guaranteed if he's on the roster on the fifth day of the new league year. So the Titans won't wait long before needing to make a decision.
Mr. Rapsheet says Tennessee's decision could surprise a lot of people. Titans sources, as well as sources who had spoken to Johnson, believe he will be back with the Titans next season. Even though Johnson is a boom-or-bust back, he's still the biggest name on a young offense that has some potential next season, with wide receivers Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright growing up. The Titans believe Johnson will help sell tickets and want to keep him. Some of his struggles this year have been attributed to a banged-up offensive line.
Johnson's game Monday night against the New York Jets was typical. He had a 94-yard touchdown but gained just 28 yards on his other 20 carries. Then again, that 94-yard touchdown was the difference in the game. That's a tradeoff the Titans sound ready to live with next year.
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