The New York Jets decided to turn down Chris Johnson’s team option for the 2015 NFL season, it was announced on Sunday. Johnson is now a free agent.
Johnson was due a $500,000 roster bonus if he was still on the team Monday. He started slowly for the Jets this past season, in part because he was coming off knee surgery, but he managed to average 4.3 yards per carry, but he only managed 663 yards, the first time he finished the season under 1,000.
However, part of the reason for that was he was in a platoon situation with Chris Ivory. New York finished 3rd overall in rushing yards so it was an ineffective approach, but their passing game and defense were sorely lacking.
So what now for the one-time homerun hitter, who happens to be one of seven players to run for 2,000 (or more) yards in a season?
Well, as any long-time readers of 7poundbag know…..I have opinions on where players may go when they become free agents. It’s my thing, I like to inject my two cents. Even if I’m wrong, which is often.
Toby Gerhart was awful after signing with the Jags , they need to release him ASAP since NFL contracts aren’t guaranteed. Admit it was a mistake and move on.
Denard Robinson has shown some promise (4.3ypc, 44.8 yards per game, and four touchdowns) but he has a history of getting nicked up and isn’t an every down back honestly. Johnson would give them a solid backup and maybe…..just maybe he could mentor Robinson. Johnson has never been that before but he’s getting close to 30 and the end of the line. Maybe, he’ll see this as an opportunity to take a youngster under his wing and advise him on how to become a good player.
Buffalo averaged a measly 92.6 yards per game (25th), despite having 2 pretty solid running back’s in Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller. Injuries contributed to that for sure, but with Rex Ryan being named the next Bills coach and with the defense he has, I wouldn’t be surprised if he signs Johnson…..if Spiller isn’t retained. If Spiller leaves, Jackson would become the starter and Johnson would give him a solid backup.
Chicago averaged 90.1 yards per game (27th), despite having a solid RB in Matt Forte.
Trivia time, who is Forte’s backup?
Ka’Deem Carey. Are you still asking who? Yeah, I thought so. He was a 4th round pick out of Arizona in the 2014 draft and he carried the ball 36 times in his rookie season.
Johnson and Forte are both 29, it’s time to lighten the load a little for Forte, even if it’s just 10 carries a game for Johnson. That’s about what he averaged last season with the Jets.
Please make no mistake…..I’m not saying any team should bring him in as a starter. Any of these teams or any other that decide to bring him in…..it’s clearly as a backup to their starter.
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