Florham Park, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Jets signed former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million.
The base value of the deal is $8 million, and includes another $1 million in incentives.
The team took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm the signing.
The Jets were reportedly one of four teams that inquired about trading for Johnson, but they didn’t want to pick up his $8 million salary or surrender a draft pick with his release already expected.
Upon his release April 4, there was no other team identified as a serious suitor.
Johnson told the team’s official website that he feels he is going to fit in pretty well with the Jets and has high hopes for their success.
“They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but I think they were a game out of the playoffs with a rookie quarterback. So I feel like this is a team that can do some good things,” said Johnson
Johnson, 28, is one of the fastest backs in the league and was one of the sport’s elite players.
He has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in his each of six seasons, including 2,006 yards in 2009 when he had 22 runs of at least 20 yards.
Johnson also averages 45 receptions per season.
He was also a workhorse with Tennessee, averaging 290 carries per season.
But there has been a dramatic decline in all aspects of his game since 2011, when he signed a four-year, $53.5 million contract extension.