On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Jets agreed to terms with free agent running back Chris Johnson. The Jets were the only team to show public interest and bring Johnson in for a visit following his release from the Tennessee Titans, largely because many believed the running back’s asking price was too high.
With the news of Johnson’s signing, the biggest question was “what did the Jets pay for his services?”
Now, we have an answer.
According to Pro Football Talk, a league source says that Johnson’s two-year deal with the Jets “has a base value of $8 million.” The deal also includes “$1 million available in incentives based on yardage.”
It is a calculated risk by the Jets to sign Johnson, and it is safe to say they got him at a good value.
If Johnson has any tread left on his tires and is able to provide a spark to the Jets stagnant offense from a year ago, he will be well worth the financial investment.
Johnson will split carries with Chris Ivory in the Jets backfield, and the team hopes that they will have a formidable one-two punch that can take some pressure off of the starting quarterback, who will likely be Michael Vick, in 2014.