After signing with the New York Jets today, the Miami Dolphins will now face former rushing champion Chris Johnson at least two times next season. The former Tennessee Titan speedster inked a 2 year, 8 million dollar contract with the Gangreen, with an extra 1 million dollars available in incentives.
Although Johnson is coming off his worth season statistically in his six years in the league, the running back is still a three time pro-bowler, and has shown flashes of brilliance in his career. In 2009, Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards on 358 attempts and had 14 TD’s. That year he also totaled 503 yards on 50 receptions and 2 TD’s. In other words, if Chris Johnson plays up to his ability, he is a defensive nightmare.
While he is by no means the player he used to be, Chris Johnson still has some tread on the tires, and will be eager to prove that he is still one of the premiere backs in the league. If anyone can get a player to perform, it is Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, who rallied his mathematically eliminated squad in Week 17 last season in Miami, a game that put the final nail in Miami’s playoff chances.
Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle will have to plan for Chris Johnson before at least two games next year. I look forward to seeing the Dolphins play against such an explosive player.