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Jets, RB Johnson agree to terms

Free agent running back Chris Johnson, who starred with the Titans, has agreed to a 2-year deal with the New York Jets.

ALWAYS FAST on the field, Chris Johnson found a new job pretty quickly, too.

The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back yesterday, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7.

Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday - the first team he visited - and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn before signing. The Jets announced the move, but didn't release terms.

In a text message to the Associated Press, Johnson confirmed it was a 2-year deal.

Johnson was told by the Titans of their decision April 4, ending a 6-year stint in Tennessee during which he became one of the NFL's most exciting and tantalizingly fast running backs. The former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to give coach Rex Ryan a deep and dangerous backfield.

The Jets also have Mike Goodson, who is dealing with legal issues and recovering from torn knee ligaments, and Alex Green.

While his days as a workhorse running back - he carried the ball more than 300 times in each of the 2009 and 2010 seasons - might be over, Johnson could be the perfect complement to the bruising Ivory and versatile Powell. In Mornhinweg's first season as offensive coordinator, the Jets finished sixth in the league in rushing with Ivory and Powell sharing the load.

Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. He finished with 1,077 yards - the second-lowest total of his career - and a career-worst 3.9-yard average last season.


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