Chad Johnson Cut by the Miami Dolphins: Could He Work with the New York Jets?
Johnson was already on thin ice with new head coach Joe Philbin when he addressed the media at the beginning of training camp and was dropping some profanity. HBO's cameras caught said-interview with the media and aired it on their show: Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins.
On Saturday night, Johnson was arrested for allegedly head-butting his wife during an argument they had.
Sunday morning, Johnson bailed himself out of jail, Philbin addressed the team regarding the incident and later that day Johnson was released from the team.
Where do the New York Jets come into play in all of this besides being in the same division as the Dolphins?
The truth is, the Jets need a veteran receiver besides Santonio Holmes who they can count on to make some plays during the 2012 season. Right now they are very thin and inexperienced at the position, and for a team that is trying to contend for the Lombardi Trophy with the offensive powerhouse New England Patriots as their biggest competition, they need another receiver.
On Friday night, the Jets faced one of Johnson's former teams, the Cincinnati Bengals. Their starting receivers for the game were rookie Stephen Hill and four-year veteran Patrick Turner. Both players have yet to start in a regular-season game.
They took over for Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley, both starters in 2011 who sat out with leg injuries. The Jets also added five-year veteran and former Raiders receiver Chaz Schilens. Schilens has not been making much of a big impact so far, as he has not been a big name during training camp and only received one target during the Jets' preseason game against the Bengals.
Therefore with the Jets' No. 1 target at receiver being Santonio Holmes, who is a wild-card each game, and then a slew of inexperienced youngsters behind him, the Jets definitely need a veteran to come in, lead the way and make an impact.
Considering his current situation, Chad Johnson may not seem like the best decision. He is going into his 12th year in the NFL and is on the decline. After having a solid 2010 season with the Bengals, Johnson (then Ochocinco) went to New England to play with Tom Brady and the Patriots. It was a humbling experience for Johnson, as he only caught 15 passes for 276 yards with one touchdown.
The lack of success in New England made something click in Johnson. He arrived in Miami looking for a clean slate and redemption after a bad 2011 season. After watching the first episode of Hard Knocks, it seemed Johnson was getting back to his old form. He was not afraid to ask for the ball, and when it was thrown in his direction he would often times make a good play.
Unfortunately for him, his personality has finally caught up to him landing him in jail for the first time.
Would Chad Johnson on the Jets work out?
The Jets have had experience before dealing with players who have had trouble with the law. In 2009 they brought in Braylon Edwards, who at the time was dealing with charges he had gotten during his Cleveland days. Last year they drafted Kenrick Ellis. Ellis was recently released from prison after serving a split 90-day sentence, serving 45 days before training camp and set to serve the other 45 after the 2012 campaign.
Following this incident, Johnson will be looking to get onto the field any way he can so that this arrest is not the image that follows him for the rest of his life when it comes to the end of his career. While it is not likely, Chad Johnson in New York could happen, he'd be a nice proven target for Mark Sanchez. He'd fit right in the New York locker room, and considering his current situation, he'd make sure he does not express himself as much as he usually does.
Some other receivers on the market who the Jets could add are Lee Evans, Greg Camarillo, Plaxico Burress and Roy Williams. If the Jets were going to make a move for any of these guys, it'd most likely be Camarillo. He played with the offensive coordinator down in Miami and is only entering his sixth year in the NFL.
In terms of the other players listed, Plaxico Burress has no interest in returning to play for the Jets and Evans was just released by the Jaguars, most likely because he was not performing well enough.
Williams may have a very small chance of returning to the NFL as a member of the Jets after a decent 2011 season with the Bears, but it is unlikely.
All in all, Chad Johnson with the Jets: probably not going to happen. But the bottom line is that the Jets need another guy at receiver, and there are only a few left on the market who have proved they can play at this level.
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