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Chris Johnson Agrees on 4-Year Deal With Titans, Ends Holdout

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Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson agreed today on a four-year contract extension, ending the Pro Bowl running back’s 34-day holdout.

Johnson, 25, is now under contract through the 2016 National Football League season, team spokesman Robbie Bohren said in an e-mail. A Pro Bowl selection in each of the last three seasons, Johnson didn’t report to training camp or play in the team’s preseason games while negotiating the deal.

Bohren declined to provide the terms of the deal. ESPN, citing an unidentified league official, reported today that the contract was worth $53 million, with $30 million guaranteed.

Johnson rushed for a league-high 2,006 yards in 2009, the sixth player to pass the 2,000-yard mark in a season. His 2,509 yards from scrimmage that year was an NFL record. Last year he rushed for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Titans went 6-10 and tied for third in the American Football Conference South division.

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