After days of speculation, Johnson is currently visiting the Jets’ facility, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Johnson was recently spotted in New York, but this is his first official visit with the Jets since the Tennessee Titans released him nearly two weeks ago.
Former Titans RB Chris Johnson is visiting the Jets right now, per team sources who spotted him in the teams' training facility.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 15, 2014
If Johnson signs, he would join Jets running back Chris Ivory, who struggles to stay healthy, in New York’s backfield. Johnson could be paired with Michael Vick, who will battle against Geno Smith during training camp to determine the starting quarterback this season.
Johnson was slated to make $8 million with Tennessee this season, but will likely receive much less this year. He is no longer in the conversation with Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson as the NFL’s top running back. Instead, Johnson is viewed as an above average runner who teams are not willing to overpay.
However, that was not always the case.
Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns, plus had 502 receiving yards and two touchdowns, in 2009. He was considered the league’s top running back, and most NFL observers believed he could duplicate that performance.
Instead, Johnson rushed for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010; 1,047 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 2011, plus 1,243 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2012. Last season, Johnson had 279 carries, 1,077 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
If Johnson does not sign before the NFL draft, his options will probably diminish. Teams in need of a running back will likely select one in the draft, which would force Johnson to accept a less than favorable contract offer.
Nevertheless, Johnson has an opportunity to play for the Jets if he has a good visit on Tuesday.
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