On Wednesday April 16th, Chris Johnson agreed to terms with the New York Jets. The deal is for two years and worth $8 Million base and has $1 Million of incentives. Johnson, 29, has a lot to prove and will likely be playing with a chip on his shoulder after being released the Tennessee Titans, the team that drafted him.
A lot of people are pointing to his “decline” since his record setting 2009 season of 2,006 rushing yards and 2,509 total yards from scrimmage. While it is true that his production has come down from that season, expectations might have been too high. Did anyone really expect him to get better? His decline years have been four straight years rushing over 1,000 yards and four straight years of 1,400 total yards from scrimmage. He is the only running back in the league to have rushed for over 1,000 yards each of the last six seasons.
The Titans have rarely been in a position to win during the last four years, and having to throw the ball in comeback attempts has limited Johnson's rushing attempts; 358 in 2009 to just 279 last season.
Johnson is the newest addition to the Jets roster who have added some big time playmakers this off season that include Eric Decker and Michael Vick. While each player has question marks, they cannot be denied their explosiveness and effectiveness in the right situation.
Written by: Nic Amanno
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