The New York Jets signed running back Chris Johnson after the Tennessee Titans released him. The deal is for two years and $8 million, with a $3 million signing bonus, and he’ll reportedly be given an opportunity to be the Jets’ lead back.
Still, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Jets are concerned about Johnson’s knee, he had surgery to repair a torn mensicus following last season. What is interesting is that Schefter reports that Johnson has arthritis in his knee.
“Jets have some concerns about condition of RB Chris Johnson’s knee, and the arthritis in it, but not enough not to sign him to 2-year deal,” Schefter reported on Twitter.
That might be part of the reasoning behind the Jets’ plan to split carries between Johnson and Chris Ivory. The knee concerns might make Jets fans cautious with their optimism this season, but Johnson said he is ready for a fresh start and to prove the doubters wrong.
“I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder,” Johnson told The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt in a phone interview Wednesday. “I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me.”
“I am very excited about (joining the Jets). It’s a team on the rise and I want to make them better. … I still have it.”