In a offseason spent trying to upgrade their offense, the Jets acquired another criticial piece on Wednesday, signing former Titan TB Chris Johnson. Johnson is the only tailback to have rushed for 1,000 yards each of the last 6 seasons (highlighted by his amazing 2009 campaign, which saw Johnson rush for 2,006 yards). Johnson ran for 1,077 yards in the 2013 season, despite playing most of that season with a torn meniscus. Johnson's deal will have a base salary of $8 million over 2 years, with an additional $1 million in incentives.
After signing the deal, Johnson was quoted saying that he feels like he is going to be a good fit for the Jets offense and that New York is a franchise on the rise, despite missing the playoffs in 2013. Outside of his ability running the football, Johnson also will be able to contribute as a excellent pass catcher, which will serve him well in New York's west coast offense However, there are questions surrounding Johnson, such as his decreased productivity the last few seasons in Tennessee (despite the fact that he averaged nearly 290 carries each season at Tennessee), along with his health and the forementioned torn meniscus. Also a question of can or will Chris Johnson except a reduced role as chances are he will be the part of a tailback-by-committee. Johnson is the 3rd notable offensive skill player to sign with the Jets this offseason, following Eric Decker and Michael Vick. For the Jets to make the playoffs in 2014, he will have to return to this Chris Johnson of old.