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Jets sign Chris Johnson
The Jets have reportedly signed Chris Johnson to a two-year contract. Johnson's career has taken a bit of a downturn since his glory days on the Titans, but he might rediscover his old form in a new situation. The Jets' offense might look completely diffferent this season if Johnson re-discovers his Pro Bowl form and Michael Vick beats out Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job.
Titans release Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson's time with the Titans has come to an end, as the team has released him today. Johnson had several amazing seasons in Tennessee, rushing for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons and passing the 2,000-yard mark in 2009, but his declining production and big contract have made him something of a burden for the Titans. His impending release is an example of the disposable nature of running backs in today's NFL; aside from rarities like Adrian Peterson, it seems that a running back's time in the spotlight is briefer than it has been in years.
Chris Johnson thinks he might have to train a bit for it, but is confident that he could beat Usain Bolt in a 40-yard dash. Bolt's one weakness in his 100m races is the time it takes him to get up to speed, but would he still blow Johnson away?
Didn't you used to be good?
It was just two years ago that Chris Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards. But after another dismal week, he's totaled 302 yards on 2.8 yards per carry this season.
Second-best back in Tennessee?
The debate used to be Johnson vs. Adrian Peterson. Now it's Johnson vs. Javon Ringer. Nominally Tennessee's No. 2, Ringer nearly doubled Johnson's yardage against the Colts.
Andre Johnson or Chris Johnson?
Chris Johnson is healthy, as far as we know, and not producing. Andre Johnson is injured and not producing. Which AFC South contender most needs its star at peak form?
Ramifications beyond Tennessee?
After a protracted holdout, the Titans gave Johnson a new deal worth $30 million guaranteed. Should the Bears take note of the results thus far as Matt Forte looks for his own deal?
Chris Johnson might not be fond of fake Titans fans, but he's looking at some very real money coming his way from the team after agreeing on an extension reportedly worth $30 million guaranteed (and $53 million total). Not bad for a guy who trails Tyrone Wheatley and Napoleon Kaufman on the all-time rushing list. But will he still be running strong when the extended deal runs out after 2016?
The best back for the money?
Most fans would say Chris Johnson is a better running back than Frank Gore (above) or DeAngelo Williams, but how much better when dollars are factored in?
Chris Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald?
Johnson made it clear he wanted to be paid like one of the league's top playmakers, a market Larry Fitzgerald's (above) recent contract seemed to set.
Will Johnson get to 2016?
Johnson would be in his ninth season in 2016. Emmitt Smith rushed for 1,332 yards in his ninth season. On the other hand, Shaun Alexander rushed for 24 and then vanished from the scene.
The deal the Titans had to make?
Vince Young? Gone. Albert Haynesworth? Gone. Jake Locker? Young. Did the Titans have to make this deal to keep a face of their franchise?