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$2M Guaranteed & Incentives Could Be “As Good As It Gets” For Chris Johnson?

 

Update:

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that free agent RB Chris Johnson will not be engaging in private tryouts for interested teams.

  • According to Florio, the fact that Johnson has six years of game tape for teams to review should prevent them from requiring a physical workout.
  • Florio adds that Johnson could sign a new contract without visiting with a single team.

As things stand right now, the Jets are widely considered to be the favorites to land Johnson.

Johnson opted to play through a meniscus tear he suffered back in Week 3, which most likely contributed to his career-worst 3.9 yards-per-carry average last season. He managed to go over the 1,000-yard-mark for the sixth consecutive season and contributed 10 total touchdowns in 2013.

We have him listed as the No. 1 player in our Best Available Free Agents list.

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports doesn’t see RB Chris Johnson securing a lucrative contract on the open market, despite the fact that he’s the best available free agent.

Instead, La Canfora mentions that a contract that included $2 million guaranteed and the opportunity to earn more through incentives could be “as good as it gets” for Johnson.

Interestingly enough, La Canfora points out that NFL teams aren’t required to announced tryouts for players who have been released, so there is a chance that Johnson could meet with prospective teams without any news leaking out.

La Canfora still expects the Jets to be the team to watch in regards to Johnson.

The Dolphins, FalconsBills and Jets have all come up as potential options for Johnson, although it appears as though the interest from Atlanta and Buffalo could be overstated. Miami has already signed Knowshon Moreno, which would seem to cross them off the list as well.

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Alex Marvez of Fox Sports mentions that he doesn’t expect the Falcons to be involved in the bidding for free agent RB Chris Johnson

  • Marvez adds that fixing their secondary is likely a “more pressing concern” for the Falcons than finding another running back.

The Falcons were reportedly one of the team’s to reach out to the Titans regarding a potential trade for Johnson. However, recent reports have mentioned that interest from teams may have been overblown, so it’s hard to say if Atlanta was ever all that interested in bring Johnson in.