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.