Jets sign CJ, still 50/1 long shots
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (The Spread) – After signing running back Chris Johnson to a two-year deal, the Jets remain 50/1 to win the 2015 Super Bowl.
Johnson’s two-year deal with the Jets has a base value of $8 million with a $3 million signing bonus according to Profootballtalk.com. Another $1 million is available through incentives.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Jets are 50/1 to win the 2015 Super Bowl and 25/1 to win the AFC Conference title. They opened with those same 50/1 odds so clearly oddsmakers don’t feel as though Johnson will have a dramatic impact on the Jets’ success this season.
Following the signing, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the Jets “have some concerns” about the condition of Johnson’s knee. The running back underwent minor surgery to repair a torn meniscus following last season and Schefter states that some arthritis has developed. Either way, Johnson is expected to share time with Chris Ivory’s in New York’s backfield. Not surprisingly Johnson has since disputed Schefter’s report.
Johnson rushed 279 times for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Titans. For his career, he’s rushed 1,742 times for 7,965 yards with 50 touchdowns and a 4.6 YPC average. His best season came in 2009 when he carries the ball 358 times for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry that season.