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Look for Chris Johnson to have new team by middle of next week

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On Friday, the Titans cut running back Chris Johnson.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Johnson currently is expected to pick his next team by the middle of next week.

It’s still unclear where he will land, although the strongest link appears to be to the Jets.  Given the extended availability of Johnson via trade and the protracted stretch of time in which it was inevitable he’d be cut, interested teams have had plenty of time to do their work and come to a conclusion as to level of interest and financial commitment.

The fact that a land rush apparently hasn’t immediately emerged for Johnson could be a bad sign.  And if there aren’t multiple teams with a high level of motivation to get Johnson, it will be hard for agent Joel Segal to get a significant offer.

Don’t be surprised if Johnson ultimately does a one-year deal that allows him to get back to the open market on the first day of 2015 free agency, and don’t be shocked if the base value is a lot closer to $3.5 million (the current top of the market) than $8 million.

Likewise, don’t be shocked if Johnson has a strong season, wherever he lands in 2014.

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  1. sixchr says: Apr 5, 2014 12:05 AM

    Expect the team that lands him to remain a sucky team because he’s a running back in a passing league. If by chance he ends up on a good team, the team won’t be good because of him. He’ll give you good fantasy points for the Jets though.

  2. silverandblack052099 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:17 AM

    Any team that signs Chris Johnson will be making a mistake.

  3. bigj7769 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:19 AM

    Jets: Vick, Decker and Chris Johnson….a lot of speed

  4. ariani1985 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:24 AM

    Come join the circus in green Bay!

  5. amishninjas says: Apr 5, 2014 12:24 AM

    With several teams showing that they can find serviceable running backs later in drafts he’d probably be better off signing for a few years. Even if he does sign a one and done and has a good season is anyone going to pay him 8 million a year going forward?

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 5, 2014 12:24 AM

    I’m going to take a stab and take the over in that I think he will get closer to $8MM than $3.5MM, so the over is set at $5.75MM. Somebody is going to feel an itch and get aggressive.

  7. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 5, 2014 12:25 AM

    2nd String, behind Forte, done deal.

  8. SAV says: Apr 5, 2014 12:36 AM

    I like cj

  9. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:38 AM

    Under-sized and Over-rated

  10. doncorleone17 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:40 AM

    I think he just needs a change of scenery, he’s still young doesn’t get hurt he just wasn’t comfortable with Tennessee. I want my Jets to get him he’s the key to our play off contention

  11. anarchopurplism says: Apr 5, 2014 12:43 AM

    But will he run between the tackles?

  12. joshhatesthesteelers says: Apr 5, 2014 12:43 AM

    I wish the Bengals would use the 3.5 million we’re paying BJGE on Chris Johnson instead

  13. pats777 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:46 AM

    Please come to the AFC East. Last time you played the Pats, you turned into CJ2Y.

  14. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Apr 5, 2014 12:51 AM

    Decker does not bring speed lol.

  15. cjpom664 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:52 AM

    There’s no reason Chris Johnson can’t become a top back in the NFL again. It’s on him, if he puts in the work and holds himself accountable, he’ll be a pro bowler again. If he continues to blame coaches, linemen, gameplans, etc. for his poor performance, then he’ll be out of the league and bankrupt in 3 or 4 years.

  16. atheisticemetic says: Apr 5, 2014 12:54 AM

    It would be scary if any team that signed him does a contingency based on performance.

    We know he can run, but someone needs to make him prove it!

  17. ace24xx says: Apr 5, 2014 1:00 AM

    I would love to see him come to the Jets. He ran for over 1000 yds and totaled 10 tds for the lousy Titans last year.

  18. whodeydynasty says: Apr 5, 2014 1:05 AM

    Best rb in the league are
    1green ellis
    In that order

  19. floriohatesthebirds says: Apr 5, 2014 1:14 AM

    And when he doesn’t have a new team by next week……make sure you write an article about how you’re still kind of right

  20. maddnola says: Apr 5, 2014 1:15 AM

    Johnson to New Orleans call it now. The saints are going all in for the next 3 years then it’s bad cap dead $ and bottom dwelling for the next 3 years.

    Look at the contracts we are trading 3 great years for 3 abysmal ones.

  21. yeevie13 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:24 AM

    bigj7769 says:
    Apr 5, 2014 12:19 AM
    Jets: Vick, Decker and Chris Johnson….a lot of speed


    Cause I know the first guy I think of when I think of burners is obviously Eric Decker

  22. princeopus says: Apr 5, 2014 2:00 AM

    redskins,,him and meeshawn,,id shell out money to watch them lose

  23. whodat11985 says: Apr 5, 2014 2:08 AM

    Just retire.

  24. frankiesweep says: Apr 5, 2014 2:54 AM

    Jets: Vick – washed up.

    Johnson – washed up

    Hell of a rebuild.

  25. zombiepatriot says: Apr 5, 2014 2:58 AM

    Come to New England and get that ring.

  26. ivanpavlov0000 says: Apr 5, 2014 3:02 AM

    There’s a saying in boxing that speed is power. The NFL is definitely a passing league, but all Johnson has to do is break loose once in a game and it’s a TD.

    He’s a burner. Defensive coordinators have to respect the potential to get burned by him. That should help open up the passing game for whatever team signs him.

  27. fdugrad says: Apr 5, 2014 4:21 AM

    It would be gratifying for his new team, if he had a complete change of ATTITUDE by middle of week as well.

  28. lambeauphan says: Apr 5, 2014 5:26 AM

    Paying a premium for a running back these days is ridiculous

  29. jetfan74 says: Apr 5, 2014 5:42 AM

    If he signs w/ the Jets try to think Westbrook and Shady under Marty in Philly. That will be his calling card for us. He is a bad man w/ the ball in space.

  30. vonkaiser2001 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:08 AM

    Is it just me or is anyone else on here sick of seeing the Jets listed as the “top landing spot” for every available free agent player this offseason? Meanwhile either none of them have signed with the Jets thus far or they’ve been cut by the Jets. Who cares about this ugly step sister of a franchise?!

  31. djshnooks says: Apr 5, 2014 6:20 AM


    Ford, Kerley and Hill…they have speed.

    Decker is a possession/route-running WR.

  32. jmonty1102 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:42 AM

    bigj7769 says:
    Apr 5, 2014 12:19 AM
    Jets: Vick, Decker and Chris Johnson….a lot of speed

    Don’t forget jacoby ford!

  33. goldbloodedindfw says: Apr 5, 2014 6:44 AM

    The London Sillynannies.

  34. juanweiner says: Apr 5, 2014 7:06 AM

    KC Chefs. No i because it will be a restaurant, not the football team.

  35. chuckiesez says: Apr 5, 2014 7:06 AM

    Ten million dollar talent, ten cent attitude…..maybe a year at a ‘low’ salary of ‘only 3.5 million’ will change his way of thinking. probably not…

  36. 88daplaymaker says: Apr 5, 2014 7:13 AM

    Deckers slow he aint a #1 either

  37. arrooo says: Apr 5, 2014 7:32 AM

    Another Jets mistake

  38. 6ball says: Apr 5, 2014 7:43 AM

    His best option appears to be signing a one year deal with a contender featuring a solid QB. He could rehabilitate his image and hit the market again next year.

    If he chooses the Jets, he will be looking at 9 in the box forever.


  39. bennyb82 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:47 AM

    His agent probably put the word out that he would have a new team next week in order to create the perception of demand for Johnson. The best thing a team could do is sign him to a one year deal at under 4 million. If he has a great season then let another team pay him next and if he has a bad season then…well you don’t want him anyway.

  40. jetsmmt says: Apr 5, 2014 7:59 AM

    Come to the Jets and run wild on the Pats terrible run D.

  41. rtroy23 says: Apr 5, 2014 8:03 AM

    People say it’s a passing league when the sb champs aren’t even in the playoffs if it isn’t for Marshawn Lynch.

  42. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 5, 2014 8:16 AM

    Chris Johnson went from being one of my very favorite players for 3 years to being my least favorite player the past 3. His decreasing productivity wasn’t the main reason either. To quote author Bob Briner: “Character trumps talent” (in the grand scheme of things).

  43. bronc24 says: Apr 5, 2014 8:23 AM

    Hey don,t forget Johnson averages 45 receptions per year for 7.5 yards per catch. he had 4 receiving TD’s in 2013. Some team will know how to use him correctly!!!

  44. realnflmaster says: Apr 5, 2014 8:30 AM

    Almighty Jets. He’d be a fool not to. If he cares about winning, it’s an easy decision to join the best defense, coach and WR in the league.

  45. Shinnbone says: Apr 5, 2014 8:37 AM

    “With Chris on board The Dallas Cowboys just got a whole lot better, Chris will be a Dallas Cowboy for a long long time”

    Jerry Jones

  46. titansbro says: Apr 5, 2014 8:39 AM

    Signing Chris Johnson isn’t necessarily a mistake. But paying him big money would be.

    He’s dumb though. If he’d been willing to take a pay cut he would’ve gotten more than what he’s gonna get now. Pride got in the way.

  47. grimreaper12 says: Apr 5, 2014 8:40 AM

    Have fun with 8-9 defenders in the box.

    Nobody’s scared of Decker, Geno, or Vick!


  48. bobbinski1229 says: Apr 5, 2014 8:40 AM

    Chris Johnson is still a good running back, and he’ll land on his feet. The Jets would probably be the best fit for him, and it will be interesting to see what happens.

  49. ncphinsfan says: Apr 5, 2014 9:06 AM

    The only way the success happens is if he signed with 49ers, Seahawks or Denver… And none is interested. They have talent and systems that work. He would be just another cog in the machine. The key to a good organization is building a team that can afford to lose a pieces and simply plug and play anyway. The Frontrunner Jets will learn that rebuilding through Free Agency does not work. Just ask any Dolphin Fan.

  50. hugeredskinsfan says: Apr 5, 2014 9:12 AM

    I think the Broncos could use him actually. I think he would be very dangerous given that dream role.

  51. remyje says: Apr 5, 2014 9:16 AM

    Chris Johnson will have another 1,000+ yard season and you comment section analysts will continue saying he’s washed up….

  52. remyje says: Apr 5, 2014 9:18 AM

    another 1,000+ yard season in a passing league, that is….. makes it’s mean more to me but hey my check engine light is on

  53. tennesseetitan78 says: Apr 5, 2014 9:59 AM

    If he does sign with the Jets, I believe they play the Titans in Nashvilke this yr. Would b fun to watch..

  54. beavertonsteve says: Apr 5, 2014 10:17 AM

    It doesn’t really fill a need or make a lot of sense, but who would be really that shocked to see open up PFT one day this week and see Johnson to St Louis on a $4.5 Million one year deal?

  55. chrisswitzer2189 says: Apr 5, 2014 10:21 AM

    top 5 rbs

    1. lesean mccoy
    2. adrian peterson
    3. matt forte
    4. jamaal charles
    5. alfred morris

    chris johnson is probably still a top 10 rb. 3.5-4 million a year would still be good value for a game changer. he needs to be used like mccoy, bush or sproles.

  56. anonymous135 says: Apr 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    I wouldn’t sign him for anymore than 2 years, and even then he’ll probably hold out after year 1.

    I’d like to see him go to NE and rehabilitate his career like Corey Dillon, but he won’t be the lead back and will split with 3 other guys.. Ditto most places, like NO.

    He’d be best served in a dual time share where he can be lead back, but not somewhere with heavy rotations.

    One thing I do admire about CJ is his pass blocking.. true beast.. love seeing him knocking down rushers big time (not what you’re paying $8 mill for..), but I think that does show some of his toughness that others say he lacks – mostly running through the tackles..

    His next contract will be the death nail for the days of super high paid running backs.. I say $4 million/year is his max

  57. kingcarlbanks says: Apr 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    Everyone needs to stop acting like CJ was the whole of the problem in Tenn. Bad offensive line play, and a pedestrian passing game were part of the problems too. Ill take a back that can get me 1000 yards a season and is a threat to break it every time he touches the ball. but not at 8 mil a season..

  58. raiderapologist says: Apr 5, 2014 12:50 PM

    10 total touchdowns, 1,422 total yards last season. Doesn’t get hurt. The Raiders still have 12.5M in cap space. If Johnson wants a one-year deal, McKenzie should at least consider making an offer.

  59. 8oneanddones says: Apr 5, 2014 1:06 PM

    He’ll pick his team? Does that mean there’s a bidding war for him?

  60. vusnu says: Apr 5, 2014 1:07 PM

    I think the NFLPA needs to investigate this release. I’m also looking forward to the Stephen A. Smith interview of Chris Johnson.

  61. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:15 PM

    I don’t understand why people are so fascinated with players like Vick and Chris Johnson. They haven’t done anything significant in years.

  62. bassplucker says: Apr 5, 2014 2:00 PM

    Or not.

  63. bigblu73 says: Apr 5, 2014 2:01 PM

    I’m so tired of hearing the multi-flawed argument that “this is a passing league”!!! NO, its a league that did everything humanly possible to give a “heavy pass” offense as much leverage is possible!!! DB’s can’t “put hands” on WR’s anymore for fear of pass interference. No more big jarring hits. Damn near can’t even touch the QB anymore!!! BUT………DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Never was it more apparent than this past Super Sunday when the “most prolific offense in NFL History” got dismantled and utterly embarrassed! A solid run game and top tier defense will destroy a “passing league offense” everyday of the week and twice on Sundays!!!

  64. ajgreenhof says: Apr 5, 2014 3:48 PM

    He will be great for 1 year. Just long enough for his ego to float to the top again and for some sucker team to overpay him.

  65. greymares says: Apr 5, 2014 4:35 PM

    I think the Giants get involved with this guy.

  66. billytodd2013blbaad says: Apr 5, 2014 5:12 PM

    anyone who gives him a big payday is a fool, guy is over rated!

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