New York Jets to help Geno Smith by signing Chris Johnson? Johnson's agent says release from Titans inevitable [VIDEO]
Having struck out in their first attempt to land a free agent skill player, the New York Jets simply are moving on to the next "J" name in the alphabet.
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The Jets' pursuit of free-agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson ended earlier this week when he agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Washington Redskins. According to NFL.com, the Jets now have turned their attention to soon-to-be free agent running back Chris Johnson.
Johnson's agent, Joel Segal appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday and said Johnson's departure out from the Tennessee Titans is only a "matter of time," as reported by NFL.com.
Johnson still holds the single-season mark for yards from scrimmage with 2,509 set in 2009. He is a three-time Pro Bowler who earned All-Pro honors in '09 when he rushed for 2,006 yards and was named The Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year.
Johnson signed a six-year, $55.26 million deal with the Titans in 2011, according to Midwestsportsfans.com but hasn't come anywhere close to his 2009 production.
The Jets are looking for help at running back where injury-prone Chris Ivory plays, according to NFL.com. The website said that the Jets are looking to pair another playmaker with Ivory, but the 28-year-old Johnson still might be a bit pricey for a time-sharing role.
Johnson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his last four seasons, which makes him attractive, but his salary has exceeded his value. According to Midwestsportsfans.com, Johnson also has been publicly critical about his role on the Titans offense.
If he has the right attitude about it - and that's a big "if" at this point, Johnson could make the Jets' starting quarterback, whether it's Geno Smith or Michael Vick, look a lot better. The move would upgrade the Jets talent to a level they hope is good enough to reach the postseason.
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