Running back Chris Johnson will sign a two-year deal with the Jets (Schefter, April 16).
Update – 4:36 p.m.: Johnon’s deal has a base value of $8 million, with $1 million in available incentives (PFT, April 16).
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.
He has 50 rushing touchdowns and eight receiving touchdowns in his career. He had a 4.6 yards per carry over his career, but that dipped to 3.9 YPC last season.
Johnson has almost 10,000 yards from scrimmage in his career.
He will join Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory in the backfield. This likely signals the end of Mike Goodson’s tenure with the Jets, coupled with his ongoing legal troubles.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comWhat’s impressive about Johnson is that he’s a legitimate three-down back in an era where that’s a dying breed. Not only has Johnson not missed a game in five years, he’s also been in the top six for total snaps by a running back in each of the last four seasons. He therefore has a lot of experience on passing downs, both as a blocker (has stayed in to block 99 times on average in each of the past three seasons) and as a pass catcher (272 career receptions). >> Read more from Bent here…
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comAccording to Football Outsiders, over the last five years the Tennessee Titans have never had a offensive line that ranked above the 19th spot in run-blocking, many times ranking among the league’s very worst units. While the Jets offensive line is a unit in flux, it’s hard not to think that just by placing him behind the Jets line he’ll see an increase in effectiveness. While the Jets are clearly paying Johnson more than they did Chris Ivory a year ago, the Jets will likely employ C&C (Touchdown Factory?) in a shared role. Ivory has proven to be a punishing runner between the tackles and Johnson gives the Jets a more dynamic every down runner than Bilal Powell.
For Corey Griffin’s thoughts on Johnson, click here…