Oct 20, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at LP Field. The 49ers beat the Titans 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

RB Chris Johnson To Meet With New York Jets

Chris Johnson is free to talk to teams after his release by the Tennessee Titans and it sounds like he will be heading to New York to visit with the teams out there. He will stop and visit with the New York Jets first and then will make a visit with the New York Giants, according to Erika Esola. (Not the biggest name for a source, but she is a journalist based out of Florida. The guys over at Gang Green Nation have been hearing the same thing as well.)

The Jets will be the first team to get a shot at signing the speedy running back. When DeSean Jackson became a free agent, he went out to visit the Washington Redskins and he didn’t leave without a contract. The Jets will be looking to make that same move with Johnson.

The Jets have been making moves this offseason to improve their offense. They signed Eric Decker and Michael Vick onto the roster and are looking to add Johnson onto that list. Johnson still has that threat of breaking loose for the home run, but he has not shown the ability to be that 2000 rusher since his sophomore year in the league. It would be an interesting fit in New York.

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  • Paul Newbold

    John won’t pay his asking price…..if he wants to play in NY…it will mean a huge pay cut…the Giants don’t have the space to sign him at that price.

    • AC

      He’s not coming to the Jets, lets be real. Even if it would be worth spending 5 million on, considering we are now looking at a cap floor problem possibly, Idzik won’t spend that on a back to spell Ivory. I’m not sure its a great idea anyway, if he was going to take a risk with 5 mill I would have rather had a healthy Cro back to see what he could have done. But with 12 draft picks, maybe we can actually get lucky and find a difference maker. Plus Bilal Powell seemed to do better as a compliment to Ivory rather than the go to guy. Those roles weren’t completely defined at the beginning of the season. Towards the end of the year, throwing Powell in on some plays worked out nicely. If we get Johnson I won’t cry about it, but I just have zero faith that Idzik will take a leap with him. As RonBo said, 12-15 touches a game, high possibility of injury, Idzik’s track record already, Johnson would have to wow him in some way.

  • RONBO19

    This is the perfect opportunity to see if jets GM John Idzik will stick to his plan of not over spending or will he cave to the public pressure to sign Johnson. Johnson himself presents an interesting dilemma as the obvious question to be asked is; which Chris Johnson would a team be get getting? The Chris Johnson who terrorized opposing defenses his first three seasons? Or the Chris Johnson who’s numbers decreased steadily the past three years? obviously any team would gladly sign the former. But reality says the running back position does not lend itself to longevity as most running backs last less than 4 years. As Johnson is entering his 7th season I have to question how motivated he will be keep banging his head into the proverbial brick wall ? Pro Football focus notes his yards after contact has decreased by over 50% from 3.9 to 1.7. What this likely indicates is he is probably not hitting the hole as hard as he used to shying away from contact and cutting his runs to the outside to avoid the contact. In a limited roll similar to how the jets used Ledanien Tomlinson Johnson could be a serious weapon.But in limiting him to 12 or 15 touches I cant see Idzik spending big money as to date, thats just not how he operates.

    • Paul Newbold

      Not to mention if they are just looking for a speedy back to play part time…then they likely would be able to pick one up off the wire after the draft, or mid to late rounds during the draft. Johnson’s asking price should be enough to shy Idzik away, but if not, his decline in production and a cheaper alternative will. Johnson won’t be a Jet in my opinion and we have greater worries then a third back!