Titans RB Chris Johnson, fresh off a 2,000-yard rushing season and scoring the winning touchdown in the Pro Bowl, has announced that he wants to be the highest-paid running back in the NFL.
The Tennessean reported Johnson’s wishes in Monday’s editions. However, Johnson also told the newspaper that he wouldn’t lobby the Titans through the media for a new deal.
“Hopefully they’ll want to give me a new deal,” Johnson said. “I think I deserve to be the highest-paid running back in the league, or even the highest-paid offensive player besides the quarterback.
“But it’s not like I am not going out in the media saying, ‘Pay me, I want a new deal now.’ I am just saying, if they were to pay me, I want that. Hopefully they want that, too.”
Johnson’s agent, Joel Segal, said the Titans haven’t reached out about a new contract. But Johnson added that he hasn’t even thought about a holdout.
Johnson just completed the second year of the five-year contract he signed after being drafted by the Titans in 2008. Johnson is scheduled to make a base salary of $560,000 in 2010, $800,000 in 2011 and $2.21 million in 2012, but that could increase with escalators in his contract.
Rams RB Steven Jackson became the highest-paid running back in the NFL in 2008, when he signed a six-year, $48.5 million deal.