Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball as Houston Texans linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (52) tackles during the second half at LP Field. The Titans won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Initial Thoughts on the Chris Johnson Signing

For anyone that hasn’t been around all day, the Jets got the deal done. Chris Johnson, aka CJ2K, has signed with the New York Jets. It’s a two-year deal, and the rumor is that it is for $8 million, and $1 million available in incentives based on yardage.

Craig Hoffman will be along in the morning to bring his thoughts on the signing, but here are some initial thoughts that come to mind:

  • Way to go John Idzik, making a move for a guy that has the big play ability, for basically pennies on the dollar (if the financials are true)
  • The Jets haven’t had this type of dynamic playmaker in I don’t know how many years.
  • Do not expect the Chris Johnson that ran for 2,000 yards.  He isn’t that guy anymore.  His 3.9 yards per carry in 2013 tells you that.  What you can expect is a guy that can play on situational downs and get to the outside for the big play, such as on the screen pass.
  • Chris will make the offensive line better, with the element of the screen pass.  It will slow down the pass rush, and make the line’s job just that much easier.
  • With an additional weapon out there on offense, everyone is better, including the wide receivers.
  • We have a running attack of Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson.  How sick is that?

Revel in it, enjoy it everyone!

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  • Edward Kirby

    Then perhaps we should begin to consider using that first round pick on an OG instead of a WR, TE or CB. The OL has been a strength of the team for years, but its getting older and needs an injection of youth and talent. Particularly now, that the running game has been improved with both CJ and Vick.

    Thus, trade down with Carolina; exchange the NYJ 1-18 pick and a four for the CAR 1-28, a two and a five. This gives additional bonuses in that a) it allows Carolina to grab the last of the four big OTs (Z. Martin) before Miami does, and 2) positions the NYJ right before NE, allowing them to stymie whatever evil plans Belichick has in store.

    Of course, trading down in a rich draft will be tough. But for the same reason, it will be worth it to get an additional second-day pick.

    • Paul Newbold

      Interesting. Who would you have them grab at 28? An additional second day draft pick makes for an interesting prospect. Just one of many options the Jets might be considering. Who knows?

    • Alan Schechter

      Interesting thoughts Edward. Who do you like for them if they were to trade down?