Chris Johnson's Earnings Breakdown So Far This Year

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The Titans running back made $32,000 for every yard rushed on Sunday

<p> The Titans running back made $32,000 for every yard rushed on Sunday</p>

Chris Johnson, the once speedy Tennessee Titans running back used to be a game breaker. Then, this offseason, he signed a giant new contract. And something seems different. He doesn't have that same explosiveness he used to. And he's definitely not putting up the same numbers he did in previous years, back when he was a hungry young runner, looking to establish himself in the National Football League.

So, while his decline in production has seemed to dovetail with his increased paydays, let's take a look at how much Chris is earning this year in relation to how many yards he's putting up.

While his contract with the Titans is complex, for the sake of argument, let's use the 6 year, $56 million dollar numbers used by NBC's Mike Florio that puts Johnson's earnings at $9.3 million per year. 

Season Totals:

Chris Johnson
Total Yards Rushed in 2011: 
268
Dollars for Every Yard Rushed in 2011: $13,013.05

Total Receiving Yards for 2011 Season: 143
Dollars For Every Receiving Yard: $24,388.11

Total Combined Yards for 2011 Season: 411
Dollars Per Combined Yard: $8,485.40

In contrast, let's look how these numbers stack up for Adrian Peterson (a back who also signed a big contract) this year. Peterson's deal was even bigger from the Vikings, as it breaks down to 13.3 million per year over the first three years (or roughly $833,333 per game). Using those numbers, here's how much Adrian has earned this year on a per-yard basis.

Adrian Peterson
Total Yards Rushing in 2011: 712
Dollars For Every Yard Rushed in 2011: 7,022.47

Total Combined Yards in 2011: 761 (AP has 49 receiving yards)
Dollars Per Combined Yard in 2011: $6,570.30

In contrast, here's what Matt Forte is earning per yard this year. Forte has not signed a new contract and is scheduled to make $600,000 in 2011, or $37,500 per game.

Matt Forte
Total Rushing Yards in 2011: 672
Dollar For Every Rushing Yard in 2011: $390.625

Total Receiving Yards in 2011: 419
Dollars For Every Receiving Yard: $626.49

Total Combined Yards in 2011: 1,091
Dollars For Every Combined Yard: $240.60

As you can see, Johnson is making twice as much as Peterson in terms of rushing yards, and earning $2,000 more for every yard he's gotten from the line of scrimmage.

Matt Forte, who's having an MVP season and is outgaining both of them in total yards by a wide margin, is earning a tiny % of what the Johnson and Peterson are earning.

At $9.3 million a year, that means Chris Johnson earns $581,250 for every game. Not a bad payday. So let's look at how many dollars that is for every yard gained in each individual game this year.

Game 1: At Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 24
Dollars For Every Rushing Yard: $24,218.75

Receiving Yards: 25
Dollars For Every Yard Rushed: $23,250

Total Yards: 49
Dollars For Every Combined Yard: $11,862.24

Game 2: Against Baltimore
Rushing Yards: 53
Dollars For Every Yard Rushed: $10,966.98

Receiving Yards: 12
Dollars For Every Receiving Yard: $48,437.50

Total Yards: 65
Dollars For Every Combined Yard: $8,942.30

Game 3: Against Denver
Rushing Yards: 21
Dollars For Every Yard Rushed: $27.678.57

Receiving Yards: 54
Dollars For Every Receiving Yard: $10,763.88

Total Yards: 75
Dollars For Every Combined Yard: $7,750

Game 4: At Cleveland
Rushing Yards: 101
Dollars For Every Yard Rushed: $5,754.95

Receiving Yards: 11
Dollars For Every Receiving Yard: $52,840.90

Total Yards: 112
Dollars For Every Combined Yard: $5,189.73 (A great deal!)

Game 5: At Pittsburgh
Rushing Yards: 51
Dollars For Every Yard Rushed: $11,397.05

Receiving Yards: 14
Dollars For Every Receiving Yard: $41,517.85

Total Yards: 65
Dollars For Every Combined Yard: $8,942.30

Game 6: Against Houston
Rushing Yards: 18
Dollars For Every Yard Rushed: $32,291.66

Receiving Yards: 27
Dollars For Every Receiving Yard: $21.527.77
 

Total Yards: 45
Dollars For Every Combined Yards: $12,916.66

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