Free agent running back
Johnson was arrested on Jan. 9 in his hometown of Orlando for open carrying of a firearm. In a different incident, the former
Johnson, 29, became a free agent on Tuesday after the Jets declined to exercise the $500,000 option for 2015. He started just six games at running back in 2014, totaling 663 yards on 155 carries.
Free-agent running back
Johnson has been training in Los Angeles, FOXSports.com reports, but was back home this weekend an riding around with friends when his car took gunfire. One person in the car, the driver, was killed, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
Johnson is stable and expected to be OK following the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time.
"Basically, it was a situation where I was going there to be the guy or whatever," Johnson said on the Rich Eisen Show Monday. "It was still said, yeah, both guys [Johnson and Ivory] were going to get playing time. I think it was like after the [third] game or something like that, it just switched over and I started getting less and less playing time, and not knowing where it came from."
Johnson started just six games at running back in 2014, totaling 663 yards on 155 carries.
"I never wanted to be a cancer in the locker room, or be the bad guy, so all I could really do is take advantage of my opportunities, talk to Rex, talk to [Anthony Lynn] the running back coach," Johnson said.
He is now free to join any team that will have him.
"It just didn't jell; it just didn't work out," Johnson said. "That being said, I think it was a good thing I did my contract how I did it. Basically, I was on a one-year deal with an option of a second year. I know how I feel when I'm working out and all those types of things, so I'm just very excited to see what lies ahead.
As expected, the
Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million with the Jets last offseason, but endured an underwhelming season working with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. He took 155 handoffs for 663 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown, adding 24 catches for 151 yards and another score. He was arrested last month in his hometown of Orlando for open carrying of a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million contract last offseason, and the Jets have until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay his $500,000 option bonus. Johnson put together a disappointing season, rushing 155 times for 663 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He was also arrested in January for open carrying of a firearm.
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