Chris Johnson expected to be released

Running back Chris Johnson is expected to be released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday (Schefter, April 4).

The 28-year old is a three time pro-bowler (albeit not since 2010) and has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards in each of his six seasons in the NFL and has been among the most durable running backs in the league, starting 116 games in each of the last five seasons.


For Bent’s analysis of Johnson, click here.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Johnson is exactly the type of player the Jets need to add to their backfield.

Current starter Chris Ivory is a nightmare between the tackles (when healthy), but the group lacks a playmaker at the position.  Johnson is no longer the dynamic player he once was and he’s not the pass blocker that MJD is, but he’s one of the league’s most durable running backs and still possesses more playmaking ability than anyone on the Jets current roster and would be an excellent addition on the cheap for this Jets team as a short-term solution.

Johnson is a capable pass-catching threat but not elite.  Johnson had 42 catches in 2013 for 345 yards (21.6 YPG) and only had one season with less than 40 catches.  If the Jets do pursue Johnson, it would also be an indication that the Jets are serious about increasing the overall workload of their running backs this year, as Tony Pauline indicated a month ago. (SNY, March 7)

Assumiung the Jets pursue Johnson, it would also indicate that while there’s a number of talented players in this year’s draft class, the team doesn’t feel supremely confident in finding a Gio Bernard type player in this year’s class.  That said, if Ivory and Johnson are the team’s one-two punch, Bilal Powell could be in for competition as the team’s third running back should they pick up a player in the NFL Draft.




564 comments
Roger Du
Roger Du

do the jets want to win?

Doreen Lyman
Doreen Lyman

Yeah before greedy patriots try to grab him.

Bill Sorotsky
Bill Sorotsky

Of course, and they need to sign him fast before Buffalo or someone else get him

Javier Brion
Javier Brion

Giants also need a running back. They should sign this guy

Mark Livingston
Mark Livingston

As a Giants fan living in Tennessee (and having watched most of their games this past year), I would strongly advise against it. He had a great O-line a few years back, and as a result, was very productive. TN is letting him go not because he'll command a higher salary; they're letting him go because he's just not that good anymore.

John Holton
John Holton

Jets WILL sign him... I think he is the FA they have been waiting to spend money on honestly

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

They are saying CJ will be signed by this weekend. To whom, is a mystery.

supert
supert

Wow, Jet fans ACTUALLY want the team to sign this guy?  Please no!  28 y/o who averaged 3 yards a carry, and has tons of mileage on him.  We don't need this guy!  

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

We are in good shape to bag CJ! Idzik just doubled his offer! 100$ dollars and all the gatorade that CJ can drink! 

fortysyxx
fortysyxx

its official...HES A JET !! 

twin
twin

Nfl.com reports just are in the top five most improved offenses this offseason....

Hoz
Hoz

Champ Bailey signed with the saints fire Idzik, just kidding ;)

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@supert  If he is dirt cheap it would not be a bad move. I agree though, that his best days are history, but he can fill the 3rd down role and give a spark, but again, it has to be real cheap.

fortysyxx
fortysyxx

ok im just bustin ya chops lol

Stanley Bostitch
Stanley Bostitch

@a57se  Yeah, it's positive through-and-through. Argument is as follows:


1. With Rex in charge, the Defense is always above average

2. With this defensive baseline, all you need is average QB play to see significant uptick in wins

3. Enter Michael Vick and the new offensive weapons

4. ergo, contenders


Lot's more detail, but that's it in a nutshell. And I agree with it (though think Geno has chance to make a second year leap, though if he doesn't I'm all for Vick running the show).

blackwood1
blackwood1

@Hoz Dang it Bailey would of made us champs fire this trash GM lol

supert
supert

@jake100 @supert  There are a ton of better options for a 3rd down back.  See the draft.

lagoo
lagoo

We honestly dropped the ball by not signing a cb. We had a ton of loot and there were a lot of good cbs on the market won't happen every year. Better hope we strike it rich in the draft

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@jake100 @Hazard2012 @supert  


A third down back with hands is an added piece to an evolving offense that isn't going to make/break any games; so to me it's a piece best addressed through the draft.   But then what do I know...I also thought CB and S were critical positions best addressed via proven, experienced FA's, and I was dead wrong about that.   


I doubt CJ will be all that cheap.  More important, he's a volume, not third down back, who's best years are behind him.   So yes, I'd prefer to go with that unproven rookie if their name is Sims, Freeman, Sankey, Seastrunk, etc.   This is one position/need best served via the draft.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@Hazard2012 @supert @jake100  

So you say a mid round unproven raw rookie gives the Jets a better chance to win NOW than CJ? It all depends, if it is Idziks long term plan I agree, but if Rex and Woody want to win now, I would go with CJ but only if cheap.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@supert @jake100  


4th round in the draft will more than fill this need.  Sims, Freeman, Seastrunk, Johnson, etc.   

WW85
WW85

@a57se True. Well, he is low risk/high reward. He's a press CB so Rex may get a lot out of him...if healthy.

a57se
a57se

@WW85

When he isn't on the trainers table.

WW85
WW85

@lagoo  Patterson has a lot of upside.