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Jets have had eye on running back market all offseason

John Idzik, Rex Ryan AP

That the Jets might be interested in Chris Johnson shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise.

As it turns out, they’ve been looking for help all offseason.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets made a run at Colts free agent Donald Brown before he signed with the Chargers. He described Brown, a New Jersey native, as their “top choice.”

The Jets also inquired about Maurice Jones-Drew before he signed with the Raiders.

That level of interest in Brown indicates that they are looking for a lead back, to go with the complementary guys on hand (Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell, etc.).

If that’s the case, going after Johnson would be consistent, and cost them much less than a run at a receiver such as DeSean Jackson.

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16 Responses to “Jets have had eye on running back market all offseason”
  1. scoops1 says: Mar 31, 2014 9:21 AM

    the jets have had an eye on a lot things all off season…

  2. nygmann says: Mar 31, 2014 9:26 AM

    So maybe be Draft time, they will be thinking about a RB, no? You know what us coming….. same ‘ol Jets…. lol

  3. RexCanCoach says: Mar 31, 2014 9:33 AM

    Pass on both CJ and DJax pls Idzik. Use your extra cap money to lock up Mohammed and other key linemen, you have a boatload of draft picks this year, to draft stud WR’s, CB early then RB later on all is good in Jetland.

  4. nyjetsfan24 says: Mar 31, 2014 9:38 AM

    The Jets are only interested in the players that are not available. They were interested in D-Jax until he became a free agent.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 31, 2014 9:43 AM

    That’s all Idzik has is “I’s”. He should buy another vowel, or another player. Stir up that football economy in NY.

  6. whiteknightblackheart says: Mar 31, 2014 9:49 AM

    Any quote from Manish needs to be immediately discounted.

  7. noleitup says: Mar 31, 2014 9:59 AM

    Just draft one. My guy devontae freeman should be there in the fifth.

  8. slobberknocker says: Mar 31, 2014 10:05 AM

    Chris Johnson will be absolutely THRILLED to share carries with other running backs

  9. thekingdave says: Mar 31, 2014 10:09 AM

    May sound crazy, but I think Johnson could work with Ryan’s coaching style. FWIW I really don’t care for the Jets.

  10. deflateddome says: Mar 31, 2014 10:30 AM

    The picture looks like Idzik’s recent entry in the “Nicholas Cage Look Alike Contest”

  11. qdog112 says: Mar 31, 2014 10:52 AM

    I was ready to give Idzik way too much credit for the Seattle ascension. So far, he has not shown me alot to justify that belief.

    Geno and Vick need weapons and both Jackson and Johnson fit that bill. With the deliberate damage done to DJax, teams are running away from him, but you would expect a team with winning aspirations to grab him fast.

    All that gang stuff is worse than the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. Nothing connects Desean to gang membership, but old neighborhood associations and rampant speculation. Apparently that’s all it takes to damage a man’s livelihood. Because there is nothing new from the Eagles, it can be said that the reason is all financial and maybe personal with Chip. But there is absolutely nothing new the Eagles didn’t know about the gang rumors.

    The Jets can continue to act like the smart guy in the room (like Dave Gettleman) and continue to lose or they can sign some playmakers.

  12. jimjets says: Mar 31, 2014 10:59 AM

    no interest whatsoever, none. I think CJ’s a dog who plays on occasion.

  13. petehemlock says: Mar 31, 2014 11:03 AM

    Nick Cage or the original RoboCop

  14. grimreaper12 says: Mar 31, 2014 11:34 AM

    The Jets still need a QB.
    Just saying….Vick can’t stay healthy, and Geno threw more picks then td’s.

  15. cybersqueak says: Mar 31, 2014 12:04 PM

    Go back and review Rex’s comments about CJ after the last few Titans/Jets games and you’ll know all you need to about what he thinks about this guy. CJ has had some of the best runs of his career against Ryan’s Jets D, including a franchise record 95 yards up the middle. New York would be an ideal spot for CJ and he is the kind of explosive every down RB the team needs.

  16. baily67 says: Mar 31, 2014 12:24 PM

    hahaha, as a Titans fan, would LOVE to see the Jets get another ME player! he’s not a 2000 yard back, sorry Jets!! ENJOY!

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