Before Combine: Hgt: 5104, Wgt: 195, 40YD: 4.20-4.27-4.38
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12/14/14 - RB Chris Johnson stung his old team with a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter, setting up the Jets' winning TD. Johnson, who rushed for nearly 8,000 yards in six years with Tennessee, tallied a game-high 55 on 10 attempts in his return to Nashville.
11/02/14 - RB Chris Johnson produced 101 offensive yards on 13 touches against Kansas City, running 11 times for 69 yards and catching two passes for 32 yards.
04/16/14 - RB Chris Johnson signed a two-year deal with the New York Jets.
Johnson, 28, was released by the Tennessee Titans after six 1,000-yard seasons in Nashville.
The Jets envision Johnson as a big-play threat to pair with Chris Ivory when the offense slows to coach Rex Ryan's preferred "ground and pound" approach of relying on power running to move the chains and wear down opponents.
The Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys were reportedly interested in signing Johnson, but he would have come in as part of a timeshare arrangement at running back.
Johnson signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Titans in 2011 that included a base salary of $8 million for the 2014 season. New coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster made it clear Johnson was not part of the long-term plans. Attempts to trade Johnson for draft pick compensation didn't materialize.
Johnson might not be the same player he was in 2009, when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards, but he carried the ball 279 times in 2013 and could flourish as part of a rotation. With the Jets, Ivory and Bilal Powell figure into the workload.
Johnson is also a solid short-range receiver with an average of 45 catches in Tennessee. That reliable outlet makes him the ideal check-down read for second-year quarterback Geno Smith, competing with Michael Vick to start for the Jets in 2014.
After agreeing to terms, Johnson said, "I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder. I am very excited about that. It's a team on the rise and I want to make them better. ... I still have it."
"I think I'm going to fit in pretty well.
Johnson acknowledged that some have doubts about how much he has left, but he said, "I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me."
04/08/14 - RB Chris Johnson officially had his contract terminated by the Titans Monday.
04/04/14 - RB Chris Johnson will no longer be a member of the Tennessee Titans after a morning meeting with general manager Ruston Webster Friday (April 4). However, while the Titans announced Johnson's release, he was not on the league's personnel notice Friday, meaning the earliest he can become a free agent is Monday afternoon.
The sixth-year back, who some believe is in decline, has averaged 4.6 yards per carry since he was drafted in the first round out of East Carolina, including a 2,006-yard season in 2009, his second year in the league.
The Titans shopped Johnson in trade but his $8 million base salary was prohibitive.
"As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans," Webster said in a statement. "Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our team. We have had an open dialogue with Chris' agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so.
"We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us."
The New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns were hinted at as potential landing spots for Johnson. Considering he has 2,014 career touches (272 receptions, 1,742 carries), teams might sooner look to the draft, where a late first-round pick would require only a four-year deal worth approximately the same $8 million Johnson was owed for next season.
Johnson made $30 million in salary and bonuses the past three seasons, but running backs on the open market this offseason are failing to cash in with big-money deals.
Johnson, 28, rushed for 1,077 yards on 279 carries -- a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry -- last season after posting 1,243 yards on 276 carries in 2012.
Johnson, who had minor knee surgery in January, said he was underused in the Titans' offense and w