God I hate the Jets. In fact they may be the only thing on the planet that I actually truly hate. I get almost as much joy out of watching the Jets lose as I do watching the Patriots win. However, that is all just background for me having to admit that I don’t hate their Chris Johnson signing.
Now I’m not saying the Pats need to be scared of the Jets. You respect them, but only because its the NFL and the Sunday you don’t respect an opponent they tend to whoop your ass, but you certainly aren’t scared. Still, it is a solid move. Johnson is 28, 2 years shy of the AARP recommended age of retirement for RBs, and can be a nice speed/dump off option to compliment the grinders the Jets currently have in Powell/Ivory if he stays healthy. Obviously, I don’t think the 2009, CJ2K is going to be making a comeback but it does remind me of the move the Jets made in 2010 to get LT and, for two years, he was a pain in the Patriots’ ass even not being the player he once was.
Can’t really measure this deal until the figures come out but if they were able to get Johnson at a reasonable price this is a solid move to get a veteran RB in your backfield that you may be able to catch lightning in a bottle with. I still don’t think the Jets have the offensive talent to challenge for the AFC East title but I can’t knock the hustle either, as much as I want to.
That being said, I hope, down to my marrow, that Johnson is terrible but I just don’t see it happening.
So yes Jets, you get a begrudgingly small nod of the head from me on this one. I see you, I see the move, and applaud your effort but will still hope you are crushed totally and completely. Preferably by Geno imploding this year and Rex crying at the podium with a new, instantly regrettable tattoo.