Now that its official, and Chris Johnson is a FA, what would you pay to get him?
Now that its official, and Chris Johnson is a FA, what would you pay to get him?
This was a tough one AvR...
I chose the Last option, something like 3-5 million guaranteed max for first year and a lets see option on 2 more maybe would be good for both parties? I think he is looking for more cash and we simply do not have the cap. Also I would prefer one of the backs in this years draft the big guys like Hyde or Hill etc. But we have a need for another back and CJ can still play, if our line can be improved in the draft as we all hope!
Other wise it is going to be a long season for our offense, and our backs may end up as dinged as last year!
Okay ... Chris Johnson, RB. My small group of top NFL agents and I have tentatively, tentatively agreed to offer CJ a 2 year deal, $5M maximum (per year) contract with the Rams. Let's see how this player reacts.
Related article from today...
Chris Johnson's potential landing spots
By Chris Wesseling
Around the League Writer
Published: April 4, 2014, 12:42 p.m.
Updated: April 4, 2014 at 02:55 p.m.
Interested teams have been sniffing around on Chris Johnson ever since the Tennessee Titans placed their "star" running back on the trade block.
Due $8 million under his current contract, though, Johnson always has been more likely to be released than traded.
Now that the hammer finally has dropped, let's take a look at Johnson's market.
What Johnson is
Judge the game, not the name. Along with Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, Johnson is perhaps the NFL's most enigmatic player. Ever since the magical "CJ2K" season, analysts have been debating why Johnson has failed to live up to expectations.
The offensive line regressed to the point where it was no longer opening holes. As a result, Johnson got into bad habits. He was too hesitant to hit holes and constantly was seeking the home run at the expense of a single or double. His effort has been questioned ever since he signed a four-year, $53.5 million extension in 2011.
The 28-year-old version of Johnson is a boom-or-bust runner, inconsistent from game to game. He no longer boasts insane lateral agility and record-setting 4.24 speed, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he could still break a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash.
On the positive side, Johnson hasn't missed a game in five years and never has been held under 1,000 rushing yards in a season. How many players can make that same claim at a position that absorbs more punishment than any other? Here's a hint: zero.
There's value in the ability to saddle up and ride out 15 to 20 carries every game.
What Johnson is not
A chain mover. When Johnson entered the NFL with a bang out of East Carolina, he was a hammer to the hole, churning out tough yards in the trenches like a more slightly built Marion Barber with the added benefit of track-star speed. Those days are gone. Johnson's boom-or-bust style results in an abnormal number of negative plays, putting his quarterback in too many second- or third-and-long situations.
Because of his body type, speed, quickness and background as a wide receiver prospect entering college, Johnson is mistakenly viewed as an elite receiving back. Outside of that 2009 season, though, he has been just a hypothetical threat as a receiver. He drops too many passes, doesn't run a wide variety of routes and hangs out too close to the line of scrimmage, begging for dumpoffs.
So what teams make sense for Johnson?
Of Johnson's former offensive coordinators, only Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains is still in the league. Of his former position coaches, only Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper is with another team.
The most obvious connection is to St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who has signed former Titans players such as Cortland Finnegan, William Hayes, Will Witherspoon and Jared Cook. Fisher drafted Isaiah Pead with visions of Johnson dancing in his head, only to see the 2012 second-rounder remaindered to the doghouse the past two years.
If Fisher opts to stick with promising second-year back Zac Stacy as his three-down workhorse, as expected, the following landing spots make sense on one level or another:
1. New York Jets: The Jets showed interest in Maurice Jones-Drew and Donald Brown early in free agency, a sign they want veteran insurance for an often banged-up Chris Ivory. John Idzik has plenty of salary cap space after missing out on the market's top cornerbacks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Jets do have interest in Johnson. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets had discussed a trade with the Titans prior to the running back's Friday release.
2. Atlanta Falcons: Schefter also reported that the Falcons, along with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, were among the teams that had commenced trade talks with the Titans. Even with coach Mike Smith's recent vote of confidence in Steven Jackson, the Falcons could use an influx of speed in the backfield. The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt sees Atlanta as Johnson's next NFL city, but ProFootballTalk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported that the Falcons have no interest.
3. Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones' outfit was looking for a more reliable back to pair with DeMarco Murray leading up to last season's trade deadline. Johnson recently began following Jones on Twitter. Coincidence? Not according to Mike Garofolo, who reports the Cowboys have joined the Jets and Giants in inquiring about Johnson since he hit the trade block.
4. New York Giants: The Giants are also among the teams that have asked about Johnson, per Garofolo. They are not expected to enter a bidding war for his services, however, now that Rashad Jennings is on board and coach Tom Coughlin is "counting on" David Wilson to have a role this season. Giants beat writers remain skeptical that the team's interest is legitimate.
5. Denver Broncos: John Elway recently emphasized the need to get better in the run game. If Knowshon Moreno can reach 1,500 total yards and 13 touchdowns against slack boxes provided by the threat of Peyton Manning's prolific aerial attack, a return to 2,000 yards from scrimmage wouldn't be out of the question for Johnson. Even with Montee Ball ready to take the reins, the Broncos might talk themselves into Johnson as a superior option for an organization in win-now mode.
6. Cleveland Browns: Newly signed Ben Tate is making high-end punter money under his new contract. Will that stop the Browns from adding depth and reuniting Johnson with Loggains?
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7. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals love Andre Ellington's potential, but they have yet to find a proven replacement for the retiring Rashard Mendenhall as the early-down runner. Arizona still has the cap space to afford Johnson, but they don't seem to be interested in adding him to the mix
Chris Johnson, RB
Height: 5-11 Weight: 203 Age: 28
Born: 9/23/1985 Orlando , FL
College: East Carolina
Experience: 7th season
HS: Olympia HS [Orlando, FL]
One year, something close to the vet minimum. Probably not something he's interested in, as he could likely get more elsewhere.
Vet minimum... with incentives based on play times and stats.
One year incentive laden deal.
wouldn't pay him a dime..hes not worth the 4-5 he will prob get, and we already have a workhorse back..no way, forget it
Same as Britt. Low guarantee and heavy on incentives. He hasn't been the same player for awhile. Depending on what happens with the draft and how our line looks his dancing around to get the home run hit could be maddening to deal with.
I'd stick with Stacy and D-Rich and pay Adrian Wilson.
Yeah, bringing in Adrian Wilson for a year to teach the kids in the secondary would be an outstanding move, even if he didn't have legs left to be a starter.
Johnson - meh. He could give us something, but I'm not sure he's worth the baggage. He isn't the type of player that is going to show veteran leadership and help the younger backs. So pass for me. I'd rather draft someone.
I'll pass. This guy has played like a real dog last couple years. He has no heart...,
I don't want him at all, but if we reeeeeeeeeealy need him, 1y $2M most.
If we were a contending team with a good chance to do some damage in the playoffs, maybe, but we're not, and I don't see him making a meaningful difference in the teams progression, or the progression of our young running backs.