Former Titans running back Chris Johnson visited the Jets on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.
Johnson was officially released by the Titans on April 7, three days after the team informed him. The former 2,000-yard rusher met with the Jets at their facility Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team doesn’t make player visits public.
Johnson spent six years at Tennessee and became one of the NFL’s most exciting and dangerously fast running backs. The Jets are looking to add another playmaker and envision Johnson teaming with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. But there have been questions about whether he’ll ever be the same player who rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009.
While his days as a workhorse running back — he carried the ball more than 300 times in 2009 and 2010 — might be over, Johnson could be the perfect complement in coach Rex Ryan’s backfield. Under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, the Jets finished sixth in the league in rushing last year with Ivory and Powell sharing the load.
The Titans cut ties with Johnson to avoid paying the $8 million he was due for this season, along with the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contract he signed in 2011. Johnson, who set several franchise and NFL records during his time in Tennessee, repeatedly said he wouldn’t take a pay cut this offseason.
‘Ochocino’ to CFL?
Chad Johnson made a sharp cut to free himself from a defender, and then hauled in a pass at the 53-yard line.
Yes, the 53. Football is going to be a little different now for the former NFL star.
The receiver who once changed his last name to Ochocinco might be hearing a lot of ‘‘O Canada’’ this summer. Johnson was on the field at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL for the start of their three-day minicamp. There’s a very realistic chance that he will be with them when their season starts in June.
Johnson, now 36, last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with the Patriots. He was in training camp with the Dolphins the following summer, but his contract was terminated one day after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.
A plea deal was worked out, but after a probation violation Johnson wound up going to jail for a few days anyway after a judge objected to the way he slapped his attorney on the backside in celebration.
Lloyd back in SF
The 49ers signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who spent last year out of football, to a one-year contract. San Francisco selected Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He was a member of the 49ers from 2003-05, when he caught 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns. Lloyd has also played for the Redskins (2006-07), Bears (2008), Broncos (2009-11), Rams (2011), and Patriots (2012) . . . This time, quarterback Matt Flynn decided to stay. The Packers agreed to terms with their former seventh-round pick, according to several reports, to serve as Aaron Rodgers’s backup. Flynn left the Packers for free agency in March 2012, and signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Seahawks. Flynn was traded to the Raiders after the 2012 season. In October 2013, after he lost his job to Terrelle Pryor, Oakland released him. He then made a short stop in Buffalo before returning to the Packers.
Trump eyes Bills
Donald Trump never did run for governor of New York, but now, according to USA Today, he might be on to his next project: buying the Buffalo Bills.
“It’s very serious,” Erie County Republican chairman Nick Langworthy said.
Langworthy, who met with Trump in Manhattan on Monday, said the billionaire is “doing all due diligence” as he considers making an offer to purchase the franchise.