The Chris Johnson era is over with the Tennessee Titans and the former 2,000-yard rusher is free to sign with any team after being released by the team that drafted him in the first round out of East Carolina. The question now is where will Johnson call home for the 2014 season?
The Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons all pursued a trade prior to his release as did the New York Jets who according to John Clayton, is the team in the “best position” to sign him.
The Jets have more than $26 million of cap room, giving them the best chance to sign Chris Johnson. The Giants have only $4.2 million.
— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) April 4, 2014
The Jets had the sixth ranked rushing attack last year with an average of 134.9 yards per game and could add Johnson to the backfield that includes Chris Ivory who led the team with 839 yards a season ago and Bilal Powell.
Johnson may not be the player he was in his prime, but he would be a nice complement to the bigger backs on the roster. In a running back-by-committee approach we may see the rare explosiveness that Johnson exhibited earlier in his career return in the Big Apple.