After his release by the Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson had only one team to show public interest in his services.
Fortunately for CJ2K, that team - the New York Jets - made an offer for the running back and penned a two-year $8 million deal to play at MetLife Stadium next season and beyond.
But it seems that the Jets themselves have worries about Johnson, just like the multiple other teams in the NFL did when deciding not to make the former 2000 yard runner an offer.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Jets are concerned about Johnson’s knee, which he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on following the culmination of last season. What is interesting, if it proves to be true, is that Schefter reports that Johnson has arthritis in his knee.
“Jets have some concerns about condition of RB Chris Johnson’s knee, and the arthritis in it, but not enough not to sign him to 2-year deal,” Schefter said on Twitter.
Although the Jets are prepared to let Johnson be there primary running back in 2014, it seems more than likely that the 28-year old will split duties with the other backs currently on the Jets roster; Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
Johnson had the worst season of his career in 2013 and was generally as he only managed 1,079 yards for a 3.9 average in 16 starts.
And the former East Carolina man is looking to prove all his doubters wrong.
“I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder,” Johnson said to The Tennessean on Wednesday. “I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me.”
We'll have to wait and find out if the back can get back to his best and rediscover just a fraction of the form that saw him grab 2,006 yards in his legendary 2009 season.