Jets Sign RB Chris Johnson


ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that the New York Jets and former Titans RB Chris Johnson have reached an agreement on a two-year deal, per league sources.

  • Pro Football Talk, citing a source, says the two-year deal includes a base value of $8 million, with $1 million in incentives for yardage.
  • Schefter adds that Johnson’s contract includes a team option in 2015, so the Jets will face a decision regarding whether or not to pick up his $4 million salary.
  • Jason La Canfora reports that Johnson will receive $3 million guaranteed, which includes a signing bonus and $1 million salary. 

After Tennessee released Johnson, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the Jets “really like” the idea of adding free agent Johnson to their backfield and pairing him with Chris Ivory.

Johnson’s skill set appears to be a good compliment to Ivory’s between-the-tackles approach. He was expected to take additional visits after meeting with New York, but it appears that reports of a positive visit were not overstated.

Johnson opted to play through a meniscus tear he suffered back in Week 3 of last season, 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 had him listed as the No. 1 player in our Best Available Free Agents list.

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