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Multiple news outlets are reporting Wednesday that the New York Jets and former Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to a two-year deal. Johnson was released by the Titans last week. The deal is reportedly worth $8 million over two years with $1 million in incentives. Johnson joins ex-Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker as the top Jets off-season signings. Since rushing for 2,006 yards in 2009, Johnson has been underwhelming by his standards. He’s averaged 4.5 YPC just once since his breakout season, and last season he was extremely mediocre averaging just 3.9 YPC. Johnson will join Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in the Jets backfield, which figures to be one of the deeper rushing attacks in the AFC.
While Chris Johnson certainly has potential to be a success in New York, this signing is indicative of the fact that the Jets just can’t escape their old habits. When John Idzik came over from Seattle to become the Jets GM last off-season, it seemed as if the Jets would begin focusing on building their team from within. After all, chasing after big name free agents is what got the Jets into their current mess in the first place. Last off-season, the Jets stayed relatively quiet, had a successful draft, and focused on depth-oriented signings. This off-season it appears that the team is back to their old ways. First, the team reached on an overrated Eric Decker, and then went out and signed the oft-injured Michael Vick. The Johnson signing signals that the Jets still have an obsession with the now. The reality is that they realistically have no shot at competing with the Patriots this season, and the Chris Johnson signing should scare nobody. In fact, I still doubt that they’re any better than the Dolphins, and I personally am high on Buffalo going into 2014. The Jets may be winning March and April headlines, but they won’t be winning games come December and January.