August 31, 2011 Leave a comment
Since coming into the league in 2008 Chris Johnson has never rushed for under 1,000 yards in one season. To be exact, he’s never rushed for under 1,228 yards in a season, a career milestone for some running backs. In 2009 Johnson did something that only four players had ever did; rush for 2,000 plus yards in one season. To make it even better, he guaranteed it before he did it, something that no one had ever did. Since coming into the league in 2008 Johnson has established himself as one of the best if not the best running back in the NFL, except he hasn’t been treated like one.
$10.72 Million, $8.6 Million, $7.2 Million, $7.05 Million, $5 Million, $4.9 Million, $4.05 Million, $3.35 Million, and $3 Million are how much some of the top running backs in the NFL will make this upcoming season. (In order, Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams not including a $16 Million signing bonus, Steven Jackson, Darren McFadden, Michael Turner, Frank Gore, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jamaal Charles, and Cedric Benson not including $2 Million in incentives) All of them, top running backs in the NFL and all of them scheduled to make more than Chris Johnson this up-coming season.
Now don’t get me wrong they all deserve their money because their all good running backs and they have earned it. However, Chris Johnson deserves this type of money too, 4,598 yards rushing in three seasons including one 2,000 yard season but only scheduled to make $800,000 this upcoming season, shoot I would hold out too.
Many fans, analysts, and some of the rest of the general public have been complaining about Johnson’s holdout with comments like, suck it up and stop complaining and just shut up and play. Well to his defense he should be holding out, he shouldn’t be playing because he deserves more money, 4,598 yards rushing in three years is just un-believable. Those numbers are numbers that some players would get in five years, maybe even more.
Well enough was enough today as Johnson responded to all of the negative comments saying on twitter, “Can these fake Titan fans STFU on my timeline I don’t have a regular job so don’t compare me to you and I can care less if you think I’m greedy.”
Well Johnson responded so I think I will too, $4.6 Million Joseph Addai, $3.34 Knowshon Moreno, $2.5 Million Reggie Bush, $2.5 Million Ryan Grant, and $1.25 Million LaDainian Tomlinson, all running backs that Chris Johnson is clearly better than.
Yet it gets even worse than this…check it out if you don’t believe me.
$5 Million including a $7.85 Million signing bonus Brandon Jacobs
$4.09 Million Ryan Mathews
$2.8 Million including $6 Million through incentives Jonathan Stewart
$2.61 Million Michael Bush
$2.375 Million Willis McGahee
$2.3 Million including a $500,000 signing bonus Marion Barber
$2 Million Earnest Graham
$1.96 Million including $2.9 Million in incentives Jahvid Best
$1.9 Million Thomas Jones
$1.85 Million Mark Ingram
$1.835 Million Mike Tolbert
$1.835 Million BenJarvus Green-Ellis
$1.8 Million including a $2 Million signing bonus as well as another $2.8 in incentives Beanie Wells
$1.75 Million Fred Jackson
$1.625 Million Maurice Morris
$1.2 Million Tim Hightower
$1.14 Marshawn Lynch
$1 Million Felix Jones
$1 Million not even including incentives Ricky Williams
$941,075 Toby Gerhart
Then even worse…
$3.125 Million for the fourth string running back Chester Taylor
Looking at those players names you see backups, washed up players, players who don’t even see the field, and very few starters all of them making more money than one of if not the best running back in the NFL. So Chris Johnson you hold out as long as you want because it’s not greedy, it’s not selfish, it’s not self centered, it’s not any of that, it’s just right.
P.S. don’t even get me started with the other positions, because that’s even worse, for example $3 Million, Billy Volek.