The NFL free agent market isn’t as hot as it has been in years past but they’re are still a few notable names floating around. The best name available is former Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson who has drawn significant interest from the New York Jets.
But while the Jets have shown an interest in Johnson, met with him in New York and seem interested in signing him, there is still a ceiling on the price they’d pay. According to Manish Mehta, that Jets like Johnson but won’t overpay to sign him.
Jets are sticking to budget/value system. They want Chris Johnson, but will not "overpay." Depressed RB market suggests $3-$4M/yr max #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 15, 2014
This has been something that the Jets have been saying for a while as ever since before he was released, New York has been looking at grabbing Johnson at the right price. That price may be something the two sides can meet in the middle on but Johnson’s inflated idea of what he’s worth has scared off teams recently and that could extend to the Jets as well.