Chris Johnson Made Over $45 Million in His Career but Could Still Be in Trouble

Former Tennessee Titans star running back Chris Johnson had a lot of success during his career. He also earned plenty of money in his career. Despite all of that, though, he could potentially be in trouble. On Thursday, TMZ reported that Johnson has been accused of being involved in a murder-for-hire scheme.

Chris Johnson was a star for the Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans drafted Chris Johnson with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. He was then a star for the Titans over the next six seasons. After rushing for 1,228 yards and nine touchdowns during his rookie season, earning a Pro Bowl selection, Johnson led the league with 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. He also ran for 14 touchdowns and had 503 receiving yards. This all helped him earn the AP Offensive Player of the Year award that season. 

After six seasons with the Titans, Johnson played for the New York Jets for one season and then for the Arizona Cardinals from 2015 through 2017. Johnson ran for 1,000 or more yards in each of his six seasons with the Titans but never did it again after leaving Tennessee.

Here are his career stats. 

  • Three Pro Bowls
  • 9,651 rushing yards 
  • 55 rushing touchdowns 
  • 74.2 rushing yards per game
  • 307 catches
  • 2,255 receiving yards
  • 9 touchdown catches

Johnson had a short prime but he was one of the top backs in the league when he was at his best. 

Earning a lot of money

Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson made a lot of money in his career but he could still potentially be in trouble.
Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans on the sidelines during a game against the San Diego Chargers. | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Because of the amount of success Johnson had throughout his career, he certainly earned a lot of money. In 10 seasons, Johnson made $45.68 million with the Titans, Jets, and Cardinals, according to Spotrac. The most money he earned in a season during his career was $13 million in 2011 with the Titans. He ultimately earned $39.3 million with the Titans compared to $3.5 million with the Jets and $2.85 million with the Cardinals.

With all of the money Johnson earned in his career, Johnson’s net worth is $9 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth

Johnson could be in trouble

TMZ reported on Thursday that Johnson has been accused of funding murder-for-hire shootings that killed two men in 2016, according to court documents. He has, however, not been charged and denies the allegations. 

Johnson was, reportedly, shot in the shoulder in 2015, according to TMZ, and his friend Dreekius Johnson was killed. That happened when someone open-fired on a jeep the two were in. The court documents say that the shooting was potentially gang-related, according to TMZ. 

Then in January 2016 and July 2016, an alleged Florida gang member named Dominic Bolden allegedly shot and killed two men who were believed to be the shooters in the 2015 incident. It says in the court documents that an informant has accused Johnson of rewarding Bolden.

“In the court docs, officials claim an informant told them as a reward for Bolden’s alleged actions … Chris helped the guy become a leader of a famed drug trafficking organization (DTO) in Florida,” TMZ wrote. “The informant told officials that Johnson supplied Bolden ‘with funds and an individual who could continually supply Dominic Bolden with as much narcotics as needed to supply the DTO.’ The informant also told officials the “murder for hire elevated Dominic Bolden’s rank, reputation and power within the DTO” — eventually making Bolden the org’s de facto leader.”


The court documents also say that Johnson is being accused of helping in the day-to-day operations of the drug trafficking organization, according to TMZ. He has not been charged with any crimes related to those accusations, though.

Johnson, however, is still denying the claims against him. He tweeted “false news” on Thursday afternoon. Time will tell, though, if Johnson was indeed involved in all of this or if he can ultimately clear his name.