Johnson’s contract is structured so that in 2013 he has a $10 million base salary. However, $9 million of that figure becomes guaranteed only if Johnson is still on the Titans roster by the fifth day of the waiver period.
Johnson has been struggling to regain his 2010 form and since then has been producing mediocre performances almost regularly. This season he has just 21 yards on 19 carries throughout the team’s first two games, which really makes it hard to assume that he playing under his 2013 salary.
It is worth noting that the Titans offensive line has been even worse than Johnson, and just because it may seem like a possibility, the Titans could always elect to pay him that figure in spite of the struggles. This will be a topic of interest come January.