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.

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

  1. 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. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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?!

  14. Lol…Decker?

    Ford, Kerley and Hill…they have speed.

    Decker is a possession/route-running WR.

  15. 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…

  16. .
    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.

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  17. 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.

  18. 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).

  19. 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!!!

  20. “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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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

  26. 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?

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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..

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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!!!

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