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Added August 31st, 2011 by Ryan

Could the Tennessee Titans Be Forced to Trade Chris Johnson?

Over the past couple of years, the Tennessee Titans have had one of the best ground games in the NFL with superstar running back Chris Johnson leading the way out of the backfield. There is no question at this point in his NFL career that Johnson is one of the best running backs in the league with about three to five years left playing at a high level for the Titans, but struggling Tennessee franchise which could be on the verge of a rebuilding process might be forced to do something they don’t want to do.

Recently some of the best players in the league agreed on lucrative contract extensions with their current teams like four-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts), wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers) and superstar gunslinger Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles), but there are still a few star players looking to cash in before their contract expires like quarterback Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) and running back Chris Johnson.

Even though Chris Johnson is one of the best players at his position in the NFL, some teams find it difficult to pay enormous amounts of money to extend the contracts of running backs that normally start to breakdown at the age of 30 or earlier. With that being said, the Tennessee Titans have been hesitant to re-sign Chris Johnson to a long term deal that would make him the highest paid running back in the NFL.

Currently, Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams is the highest paid running back in the league by making about $8 million dollars per season. The Tennessee Titans were willing to pay Chris Johnson $10 million per season to make him the highest paid, but Pro Bowl running back wants something in the neighborhood of $13 million per season. The Titans have been reluctant to pay their star running back at this ridiculous price and might be forced to trade Chris Johnson during the NFL regular season as a result.

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