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Chris Johnson has finally reached a deal with the New York Jets, which will be his home for the next two years.
Johnson, a former running back for the Titans, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Jets, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The same was confirmed by the Jets through their official Twitter page.
The deal is reported by the NFL to be worth $9 million, a base pay of $8 million with an additional incentives package worth $1 million. The NFL quotes the 28-year-old athlete as saying, "I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder. I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me."
Sources have informed ESPN's Schefter that Johnson's deal has a team option for the second year at $4 million, which would have to be picked up in February 2015.
Johnson was a league favorite back in 2009 when he was nicknamed "CJ2K" following his 2,006-yard, 16-touchdown season but has since been steadily slowing in terms of production, writes USA Today. The running back's speed and skills could boost the passing game of the Jets as well as his abilities to help bolster the team's offense, an obvious weakness for the last two seasons, notes the NJ.com.
The Bleacher Report concludes that Johnson holds lots of potential in this new environment. The outlet adds that he is seen as a great compliment to Chris Ivory who would add versatility to the NY offense. The Bleacher Report predicts, "Johnson may turn out to be one of the NFL's better bounce-back stories in 2014."
The Titans, through their website posted an official statement from General Manager Ruston Webster who wished the veteran all the best and thanks Chris for his contributions to the Titans during his six-year career with the team.