The biggest name left on the NFL free agent market is now a member of the New York Jets.
Former Titans RB Chris Johnson reached agreement with Jets on a two-year deal, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2014
Johnson has hit the 1,000-yard marker in each season of his six-year career, rushing for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. The once 2,000-yard back has definitely dropped in production over the past few seasons. After averaging 1,533 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons, Johnson has posted averages of just 1,122 yards and five touchdowns in the three years since.
He’s still productive, but it’s pretty clear he’s not the back he was his first few years in the league.
Johnson, though, would provide help for the Jets, who need a speed back coming out of the backfield. Chris Ivory had a solid season in 2013. So did Bilal Powell. But neither of those guys is a breakaway thread. Neither is going to outrun safeties. Johnson, though, can still do that.
Let’s remember that while he has been worse, it’s not like Johnson has been bad. He’s just more of a situational back now, a speed back who can catch passes, as well. He’ll join a Jets offense that already brought in Eric Decker and Michael Vick this offseason. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.