Johnson, Chiefs work out five-year contract extension




Larry Johnson ended his 25-day holdout Tuesday morning by finalizing a five-year extension that will keep him with the Chiefs through 2012.
Financial terms of the deal weren't available, but's Michael Smith reported that the contract is worth $45 million, with $19 million is guaranteed. Of the guaranteed money, $12 million is the signing bonus and $7 million is guaranteed salary.

Both sides were working on the deal Monday night. The final holdup was the payout over the first three years of the contract. Once that was resolved, Johnson decided to report and accept the Chiefs' proposal.

Johnson reported to the practice field late Tuesday morning, put on his helmet and was ready for duty.

It was a tough situation for the Chiefs and Johnson. He turns 28 years old this fall. Because of that, Johnson didn't want to play out the final year of his current deal and be in a position in which the Chiefs could make him their franchise player in 2008. Had that happened, it would have been hard for Johnson to get a big-money contract, since running backs nearing the age of 30 tend to not get big deals.

For weeks, both sides had been chipping away and getting closer, but it was not close enough for Johnson to get the deal done in time to report to River Falls, Wis., where the Chiefs conducted their training camp. Camp broke last week and the team returned to Kansas City.


Aw, Here It Goes!
It was bound to happen they need him to effective, him by himself is a little more than half their offense great job locking him up would have better if they had this deal done sooner though.


Sultan of Swat
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I am really happy that this hold out his done, Johnson is one of the best running backs in the league, and it would of been a shame not to see him play this season. Last year he got the record for most carries in a season by a back, I believe he'll get as many touches this season, especially that Green is gone. I am sure that Fantasy owners are glad that he's back.