New York Jets Bring in Chris Johnson to Aid Running Game

Gary PhillipsContributor IIApril 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 14:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter at LP Field on November 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets and running back Chris Johnson met Tuesday morning with mutual interest, and it looks like things worked out pretty well. 

The former Tennessee Titan and the Jets came to terms on a two-year, $8 million deal Wednesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $1 million in incentives. Now, CJ2K will be slashing his way through defenses for Gang Green come the 2014 NFL season.

New York was one of only a few serious suitors for Johnson, as reported by the New York Daily NewsManish Mehta. Mehta also added that Johnson completed a physical on Monday. Johnson recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, but Mehta says that is not the reason why the Titans cut him.     

Now the Jets posses a dynamic and diverse tandem of Johnson and Chris Ivory at running back. With two very different styles of running, the two backs could create headaches for opposing teams.

At 5'11" and 203 pounds, Johnson is one of the fastest runners in the game, something he has made evident over the course of a six-year career that includes three Pro Bowl trips and a 2,000-yard rushing season (2009).

Ivory, on the other hand, at 6'0" and 220 pounds, provides the Jets with a ground-and-pound type of attack. Ivory rushed for a career-high 833 yards last season, his first with the Jets. Now, he provides a nice complement to Johnson as he tries to come back from what was an off year in Tennessee.

For Johnson this is an opportunity to revive his career. Between 2009 and 2010, he rushed for 3,370 yards and 25 touchdowns. In the three seasons since, he has only accumulated 3,367 yards and 14 scores. Meanwhile, concerns over his work ethic with the Titans became frequent.

With the Jets, Johnson will get a fresh start. If New York is lucky, he will regain just a portion of his old form, serving as a key figure on a team that is looking to fight for a playoff spot.  


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