Former Titans RB Chris Johnson Reaches Deal With Jets
NEW YORK - Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has signed a two-year contract with the New York Jets, according to published reports.
ESPN reported the Jets and Johnson reached a deal Wednesday, after meeting with team officials the day before in New York.
The terms of the deal were not available.
Johnson was released by the Titans on April 7, three days after the team informed him of the decision. The former 2,000-yard rusher met with the Jets at their facility and took a physical, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't make player visits public.
The running back attended the Knicks-Nets basketball game in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, and told reporters that his visit with the Jets "went well," but he wasn't ready to make a decision. The Jets were the first team Johnson has met with since becoming a free agent.
Johnson spent six years at Tennessee and became one of the NFL's most exciting and dangerously fast running backs. The Jets are looking to add another playmaker to their backfield and envision Johnson teaming with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. But there have been questions about whether he'll ever be the same player who rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009, when he earned his "CJ2K" nickname.
Johnson finished with 1,077 yards — the second-lowest total of his career — and a career-worst 3.9-yard average last season. He also rushed for 100 or more yards just twice, including the regular-season finale in which he had 127 yards to go over the 1,000-yard mark.
(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)