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Chris Johnson wants more recognition and loot

Titans running back Chris Johnson was in a playful mood yesterday in Vegas. And why not?

The guy set a record for yards from scrimmage this past season with 2,509 (2,006 rushing), and scored 16 total TDs. With numbers like that, Johnson (pictured, right) believes he deserves more recognition -- and more cash.

Recognition in the form of a Madden cover (he wasn't among the three -- Jared Allen, Reggie Wayne and near shoe-in Drew Brees -- selected as finalists). And loot in the form of a fat long-term deal.

"No one else deserve to be there but me," Johnson told NBC Sports Digital General Manager Rick Cordella at the Interactive Sports Conference in Vegas about the Madden cover.  "I set the record." 

"I feel like I should be the highest paid offensive player," Johnson continued. "No one has done what I have done in the league in their first two seasons."

Johnson also weighed in on another 2,000-yard rushing season ("I did it early in my career and can do it again," he said.), how he should be drafted No. 1 in every fantasy league next year, how he's faster than Maurice Jones-Drew, his plans to race Usain Bolt in the 2011 offseason (Bolt apparently had never heard of Johnson when they planned to race a few months ago), and that he believes Vince Young can lead the Titans to "the promised land."

Hard to argue with Johnson's logic, considering he's only 24 years old and arguably the best offensice player in football.

Let's just hope all his success doesn't go to his head too much ... at least for his fantasy owners' sake.

New York Sports