Hat tip to the folks from The Viking Age, who had this one before we did.
We’re pleased to reach an agreement on a five-year contract with John to continue leading our football operations, Ellis said. During these last six seasons, John’s clearly established himself as one of the best general managers in all of sports. He’s demonstrated impressive football instincts, a strong business acumen and a consistent ability to build competitive teams.
There’s no doubt John means a great deal to the Broncos, our fans and the entire community. It was important for us to reach this long-term agreement, and we’re all excited to now turn our full attention toward the 2017 season.
The announcement came after weeks and months of speculation in the media and worry among the fans that there could be a potential permanent break between the two sides.
As it turns out, Elway and Ellis had always intended to stick to their encouraging words that something would be worked out. And something did get worked out.
The East Carolina product immediately rewarded Tennessee’s faith. He ran for more than 1,200 yards his rookie year, then shattered that mark by breaking away for 2,006 more the following season. Johnson is one of only seven players in league history to break the 2,000-yard barrier.
His Titans tenure included four more 1,000-yard seasons, but it appeared his time as a featured back was winding down in 2013. Johnson averaged just 3.9 yards per carry in his final year with the club, raising questions about his viability as a No. 1 runner in the league. He signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Jets after being released by Tennessee but spent just one season as the team’s part-time starter before having his option declined for 2015.