Chris Johnson meets with Jets
Running back visits New York a week after being released by Tennessee
Seattle Times news services
NEW YORK — Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson visited the New York Jets on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
Johnson was officially released by the Titans on April 7, three days after the team informed him. The former 2,000-yard rusher met with the team at its facility Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Jets don’t make player visits public.
Johnson spent six years at Tennessee and became one of the NFL’s most exciting and dangerously fast running backs. The Jets are looking to add another playmaker to their backfield and envision Johnson teaming with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. But there have been questions about whether he’ll ever be the same player who rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009, when he earned his “CJ2K” nickname.
Johnson finished with 1,077 yards — the second-lowest total of his career — and a career-worst 3.9-yard average last season. He also rushed for 100 or more yards just twice, including the regular-season finale in which he had 127 yards to go over the 1,000-yard mark.
Trump serious about buying Bills
NEW YORK — Donald Trump insists he is serious about buying the Buffalo Bills and keeping them in Western New York.
“I’m going to give it a heavy shot,” Trump told The Buffalo News on Monday. “I would love to do it, and if I can do it I’m keeping it in Buffalo.”
Trump has personal reasons for keeping the Bills right where they are. His Boeing 757 could get from New York City to Buffalo in an hour.
“I live in New York, and it’s easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place,” he said. “Where am I going to move it, some place on the other side of the country, where I have to travel for five hours?”
Multiple sources confirmed to The Buffalo News that Trump has had two conversations with Bills president and CEO Russ Brandon.
The Bills are expected to be sold after the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson. Jon Bon Jovi reportedly will be the face of a Toronto-based group seeking to purchase the club.
• Chad Johnson made a sharp cut to free himself from a defender, and then hauled in a pass at the 53-yard line.
Yes, the 53. Football is going to be a little different now for the former NFL star.
The receiver who once changed his last name to Ochocinco might be hearing a lot of “O Canada” this summer, and he insists he’s humbled for that opportunity. Johnson was on the field with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL on Tuesday for the start of their three-day minicamp, and there’s a very realistic chance that he will be with them when their season starts for real in June.
“It’s just football. It’s football,” Johnson said. “It’s not about Montreal. It’s about the opportunity to be able to play football again, something I love.”
• Green Bay will see a familiar face return as the Packers agreed to terms with backup quarterback Matt Flynn, the former Seahawk. In five starts for an injured Aaron Rodgers last season, Flynn completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,146 yards, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
• The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.
San Francisco selected Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He was a member of the 49ers from 2003-05, when he caught 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns. That including leading the team with 48 receptions, 733 yards receiving and five TD catches in 2005.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed punter Adam Podlesh to a one-year contract. The Steelers are looking for a new punter after deciding not to re-sign Mat McBriar, who averaged a career-worst 41.3 yards per punt last season.