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.

26 responses to “Chris Johnson’s two-year deal has base value of $8 million

  1. 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?

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Jets love themselves some faded RBs.

    First, Tomlinson. Now, CJet2k.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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