Chris Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans yesterday. Johnson did not make the waiver wire on Friday so he is not able to be approached by teams until Monday, when the release is official.
When I heard of Johnson being released, I checked around to see if the Bills were in any type of running to nab the 24th pick of the 2008 draft. From all the reports, there was no mention of Buffalo even being interested.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com, reports today that Chris Johnson will reportedly pick his team next week. Hanzus also states that the New York Jets are the front runners to land Johnson. He also says that the Jets were the closes to this because they almost landed him via trade before his release. The Jets would need to get him at the right price though.
Also in the mix, via Hanzus, are the Falcons, Dolphins and the Bills.
The Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins also were reported to have trade interest in the former 2,000-yard back.
– Dan Hanzus, NFL.com
Johnson would be looking for a 1 or 2 year deal at this point. He was scheduled to make 8 million with the Titans this year. Chris Wesseling believes that Johnson will make around 4 million this year.
During Friday’s “Around The League Podcast,” Chris Wesseling predicted Johnson will land a one- or two-year deal earning approximately $4 million annually. That’s a substantial pay cut from the $8 million Johnson was scheduled to make this season, but still counts as an above-average salary in the depressed world of the NFL running back.
With the Buffalo Bills already having C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Ronnie Wingo, and Tashard Choice as their backs coming into training camp, Johnson is really not one that I would even look at to pursue. Johnson will be overpaid at 4 million. Buffalo does need to add depth at the RB position but I think this is a spot that the draft will be the best source for the added depth.