Former 2,000 yard running-back Chris Johnson met up with the New York Jets Tuesday, as the AFC East team sought to gain more information about the former Tennessee Titans man ahead of a potential play for his signature.
But is he worth a move? Answering that question needs some serious analysis on his quality value versus potential payment.
Johnson's past yardage success means he will always have a high price marked above his head.
There was a time when that value was verified by his play on the field. But now his quality has come into question.
CJ has never not reached 1,000 yards in an NFL season. But when you reach over 2,000 in one campaign, the mark of a quality season goes up considerably.
Not only have his yards clearly diminished since his epic second season in 2009, his yards per carry have also gone way down from 5.6 to 3.9.
This can point to poor tailback play, but the quality of blocking from his offensive can also come into question.
What we have to remember is that we are asking whether or not the Jets should take a punt on him. We're not asking whether or not a normal team should.
The Jets are in serious need of some offensive production from somewhere. Gang Green have struggled for a consistent 1,000 yard runner in recent times.
Johnson on the other hand has six in his six year career. The question about Johnson is not really about quality, it's about money.
If the price is right any team would have him. Johnson is still only 28 and the potential upside can be huge for team that takes a.punt on him.
It's not often a former 2,000 yard runner comes on the market. In fact, this situation has never occurred in the modern day NFL.
So while the window of opportunity is open, the Jets need to pounce right away.
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