Jets sign Chris Johnson to two-year deal

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The New York Jets have signed free agent running back Chris Johnson.

Johnson, 28, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Jets. In New York he will team with Chris Ivory to form a two-headed running attack.

On Tuesday the former Pro Bowler visited with the Jets after experiencing a cold market following his release on April 4 from the Tennessee Titans.

Johnson has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in his each of six seasons, but it has largely been downhill since he ran for 2.006 yards in 2009. Last season he averaged a career low 3.9 yards per carry. Those numbers combined with his $8 million salary led to his release from the Titans.

The Jets were reportedly one of four teams that inquired about trading for Johnson, but they didn’t want to pick up his salary ($8 million) or surrender a draft pick, not when his release was expected.

While the Jets were sixth in rushing last season and have all of their backs returning the team was not shy about their desire to add another back such as Johnson.

Ivory figures to be the bruising back for the Jets while Johnson’s speed is capitalized upon running and in the passing game. Johnson recorded 42 receptions last season for the Titans.