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Chris Johnson’s two-year deal has base value of $8 million

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At a time when the running back market had maxed out at $3.5 million per year, Chris Johnson has nudged the bar a little higher.

Per a league source, the two-year contract signed by the new Jets running back has a base value of $8 million.  Another $1 million is available in incentives based on yardage.

Given Johnson’s late entry to the market and the ongoing devaluation of the tailback position, it’s a very good deal for Johnson.  It’s also a good deal for the Jets.  Criticized for not closing the deal with Donald Brown early in free agency, they got a much better player for not much more money than Brown received in San Diego.

So now the Jets have Chris Johnson and Mike Vick on the roster.  A couple of years ago, that would have made them Super Bowl contenders.  For now, it’s enough to make a team that was 8-8 without those two players a serious threat to bump one of the 2013 wild-card teams to the curb.

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26 Responses to “Chris Johnson’s two-year deal has base value of $8 million”
  1. raiders4lyfe17 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:44 PM

    Adrian petersons future

  2. weepingjebus says: Apr 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    So he’ll get another $1 million if he makes it to 300 yards this season?

  3. londonlion81 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    Looking at the last paragraph, it’s soo funny how the stars in the NFL can change incredibly quickly, and how who we see as stars now are no where near what they were. Another example would be MJD.

    I wonder who’s next?

  4. andreboy1 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    The 49ers 3rd string running back is better than this guy.

  5. conormacleod says: Apr 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    CJ is just another RB. Nothing special.

  6. alexb1234 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    great deal for the jets….anybody who says otherwise is just a blind hater….the three headed monster of ivory, johnson and powell is a tremendous upgrade from previous seasons…

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    Let the jokes roll, but the Jet’s will have some exciting games for sure. Whether or not they come out on top remains to be seen, but I’ll be watching every Jets game I can this year with those two in the lineup

  8. grantsbuds says: Apr 16, 2014 4:51 PM

    A much better player? Plz.

  9. RexCanCoach says: Apr 16, 2014 4:54 PM

    Idzik the new GM having a positive affect on the Jets, something we have not had in 10 years. The man is spending money wisely and Jets have 12 draft picks upcoming.

  10. cjspiller12 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:55 PM

    Waste of money.

  11. grimreaper12 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:55 PM

    8-8? The Jets were lucky that David from the Bucs knocked Geno out of bounds, and that the ref threw a flag on a FG attempt, otherwise the Jets would of been 6-10. With all of these signings, I think they’ve leapfrogged the Bills in the AFC EAST. Still behind the Pats and Fish.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 16, 2014 4:56 PM

    Still less than I thought he might squeeze out, I thought one of the teams with a lot of money might push to outbid him at the last minute.

  13. haydenpryor says: Apr 16, 2014 4:57 PM

    Tebow was faster

  14. JackedUpSports says: Apr 16, 2014 4:57 PM

    perfect. not too much $$ and a quality back. idzik is turning the ship around

  15. surfinbird1 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:59 PM

    He’s really gonna kick it up a notch with that kind of money.

  16. bradybbgoat says: Apr 16, 2014 4:59 PM

    I bet if he was smart enough to bite the bullet and renegotiate with the Titans he would have got more money.

    Still, to get $4M with the market being what it is he did alright for himself.

  17. justintuckrule says: Apr 16, 2014 5:03 PM

    Jets love themselves some faded RBs.

    First, Tomlinson. Now, CJet2k.

    In 2017, I see them giving Peterson a 3 yr 15M deal.

  18. stonefish67 says: Apr 16, 2014 5:05 PM


  19. youtubeingravenvids says: Apr 16, 2014 5:09 PM

    I don’t know why everyone is calling CJ2K a bad RB. He’s only had 6 STRAIGHT 1,000 yard seasons, on the TITANS, where EVERYONE knew he was their ONLY weapon. Man, I wish my team could’ve signed him.

  20. titansbro says: Apr 16, 2014 5:11 PM

    I think you’re giving CH way too much credit. 3.9 ypc doesn’t add any wins to your record.

  21. ranger764 says: Apr 16, 2014 5:16 PM

    Isn’t it funny how once you hear the length of the term you can pretty much hit the amount of money they are getting in free agency on the head. It’s not that hard being a GM after all.

  22. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Apr 16, 2014 5:21 PM

    The worst part of this RB devaluation is that good athletes won’t want to be RB’s anymore. When the next CBA passes I bet they put floors in for players. RB’s need one fooo shoooo

  23. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 16, 2014 5:31 PM

    The big mistake the Jets made here was only 1/8 of the contract is incentives based. What were they thinking? This is Chris Johnson we’re talking about.

  24. thegreatsantini56 says: Apr 16, 2014 6:17 PM

    It sounds like the Jets got a deal. For jets fans, I hope CJ has something to prove other than he can get another payday.

  25. edavidberg says: Apr 16, 2014 8:22 PM

    What is the buyout for year two if Johnson doesn’t feel like giving his best?

  26. posmoo says: Apr 16, 2014 8:43 PM

    I’d rather have damit Donald Brown actually.

    Donald Brown was the combine workout warrior of his draft class 5 years ago, and he has 1200 fewer rushing attempts than CJ2K.
    CJ2K has taken a whole lotta beatings over the years.

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