KC Signs Johnson To 5-Year Extension

Star RB reels in $19M guarantee
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2007 7:57 AM CDT
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, front, outruns Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney for a short gain in the first quarter of NFL football action in an AFC Wild Card playoff game...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Running back Larry Johnson has ended his preseason holdout by signing a 5-year extension with the Chiefs. Johnson's teammates had good reason to cheer when he showed up for practice yesterday: He racked up an NFL-record 416 carries last season with 1,789 rushing yards.

His contract, which will be added to the 1 year left on his previous deal, gives Johnson a $19 million guarantee. Like Giants holdout Michael Strahan, Johnson accrued fines of just under $400,000 for skipping out on training camp. The team says Johnson is in "really good shape," though will likely not be ready before the Sept. 9 season opener in Houston.