The New York Jets have been linked to running back Chris Johnson ever since he was released from the Tennessee Titans on Friday. It’s no surprise to hear their interest is intensifying.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets really like the possibility of adding Johnson and pairing him with Chris Ivory in their backfield.

Johnson was released by the Titans in part because they would have owed him $8 million in 2014. Ever since the 2,000 yard rushing season five years ago, he hasn’t tallied more than 1,500 yards in a season. He’s been inconsistent and frustrating, resulting in the Titans feeling he’s not producing what he’s making financially. The Titans were also concerned about Johnson’s work ethic or lack thereof, noting that could had been another reason for his departure from Tennessee. Of course the lack of work ethic and financial compensation ultimately come together.

The Jets have added wide receiver Eric Decker as their No. 1 receiver, Jacoby Ford as another receiving option from the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Michael Vick. Bringing in Johnson would add more talent to a Jets offense that lacked all bunch of talent the last couple years.

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