Chris Johnson heading for free agency after New York Jets decline option

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The New York Jets have this weekend declined the option to retain the services of running back Chris Johnson, meaning the former Tennessee Titans star will head to free agency for the second successive year.

One and done

As reported by ESPN, the Jets had until Monday to make a decision on a $500,000 option bonus.

Johnson was signed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Jets back in April 2014 but struggled to replicate previous career numbers in a disappointing year in New York.

The 29-year-old split time with Chris Ivory, and his stats suffered as a result. He posted a career low 663 rushing yards in the 2014 NFL season and also saw career lows in carries (155) and receptions (24).

The Jets' rushing offense actually ranked third last season but it is clear that those in charge in New York are planning to move on without Johnson.

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Money saving

With Johnson now off the books it will save the New York Jets $3.5 million against the salary cap for next season.

It remains to be seen whether any teams are quick to contact Chris Johnson about signing on for the 2015 campaign but, six years removed from his phenomenal 2,006 yard season with the Titans in 2009, it looks like his career is heading in the wrong direction as he approaches 30.

Left in New York

Johnson's departure leaves the Jets with just two recognized running backs at this point in the form of Chris Ivory and Daryl Richardson. Ivory is the only one to have seen game time in 2014 with Richardson having been on the practice squad throughout.

What do you think Jets fans? Who would you like to see brought in to replace Johnson, and why didn't it work out for him in New York? Let us know in the comments section... 

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