SPORTS CHART OF THE DAY: Chris Johnson Is More Proof That Running Backs Don't Age Well

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Prior to the season, the Tennessee Titans gave running back Chris Johnson an extension that will pay him as much as $53.5 million, with $30 million guaranteed. And now it looks like the Titans just threw $30 million down the toilet.

Johnson is one of just six players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, with 2,006 in 2009. But after rushing for 5.6 yards per attempt that season, he averaged just 4.3 in 2010. And after receiving his new deal, he has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry this season and is on pace for just 690 yards.

There were certainly signs that the Titans shouldn’t give Johnson a big deal, as running backs tend to have short life-spans. And looking at his game-by-game numbers (below), it is easy to wonder if Johnson will ever be great again.

Dark blue line represents the average yards per game over the previous five games…

Chris Johnson rushing yardage

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