Yesterday, the Tennessee Titans released their star running back Chris Johnson.
The move was far from unexpected. Chris Johnson's agent, Joel Segal, had been telling the media for days that his client would soon find a new team. While we have yet to know which teams are pursuing him, you can bet there will be a line of teams queuing up for his services.
With that being said, Johnson's seasonal performances have declined every year since 2010, and he hasn't played like the superstar we have been accustomed to seeing only a few years ago. However, the upside remains. He's still only twenty-eight years old, his blazing speed and dynamic cuts remain an essential element to his game.
Plus a fresh new start could do him a lot of good. He has been with the Titans his entire career, and maybe it's simply time for a new change in scenery. If he is placed in the right situation, watch out.
The New York Jets: Most Likely to happen
The Jets are in desperate need of a premier running back, especially after the recent additions of Michael Vick and Eric Decker which prove they want to win now. Chris Johnson is the final piece to the puzzle in New York. Right now, their starting running back is Chris Ivory, and while he is a decent option who optimizes his strength, he doesn't fit the mold that the Jets are trying to create. This offense needs a dynamic, quick back to compliment Vick's versatile pallet. Ivory would be a great second option to come in and grind some yards, but Johnson will make this team much tougher to contain.
Dallas Cowboys: Best Fit
This could be tremendously beneficial for both sides. The Cowboys are lacking a little bit of explosiveness. Well, explosiveness is Chris Johnson's middle name. He would immediately add an upgraded running attack, but more importantly, the offense would rely less on Tony Romo's arm. That's a good thing.
For Johnson, he would enter a pass-heavy offense which would give him tons of room to operate and find the gaps within the defense. Moreover, his egotistical nature would surely find a home within the bright lights of Dallas, nicknamed "America's team". What better way to get more recognition? The Cowboys really need a playmaker, Johnson really needs the Cowboys.
Carolina Panthers: Wildcard
With the loss of Steve Smith, who has already signed for the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers are in serious need of some offensive firepower. Although the Panthers' primary need comes at wide receiver, their running back options aren't exactly mind-blowing either. DeAngelo Williams is good, but good at best. There's nothing special with him.
While not every offense necessarily needs a star running back, the Panthers would absolutely improve by adding Chris Johnson. Johnson would be often used, as their wide receiving options are fairly limited.
However, if the Panthers do also sign a wide receiver it might end up being even better for Johnson, who in turn would be slightly less used. He would probably be more effective with not as much expectancy against the run. Either way, signing for the Panthers is signing for a probable contender, and that automatically makes Carolina an attractive destination.
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