Running back Chris Johnson is in Nashville on Friday for what’s expected to be his final physical and meeting with the Titans before he’s released to the open market.
The Jets have been linked to a pursuit of Johnson since it became clear that the Titans were going to part ways with him and there’s no sign that they’ve decided to move in a different direction. Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com and Brian Costello of the New York Post both think that Johnson’s price tag will be the deciding factor in how much of a push they make in the coming days.
That seems like an obvious consideration for any team and it appears that the Jets will have company if and when they step up their pursuit of Johnson. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the Giants and Cowboys both expressed interest in Johnson when the Titans were trying to trade him earlier in the offseason and Garafolo expects both teams to do the same once Johnson is officially a free agent. The Cowboys picked Felix Jones two spots ahead of Johnson in 2008, a decision they’d likely like to have back.
All of those teams have other options at running back already in place, which should make Johnson less of a focal point offensively than he was in Tennessee. If he’s willing to accept a salary that fits in those parameters, Johnson could find a healthy number of bidders for his services once teams are officially free to bid for his services.