Is It A Two Horse Race For Chris Johnson?

Andy Lyons

The running back officially became a free agent today, and his choices may be limited.

I always take any report based on rumours with a pinch of salt, however if you believe the NFL websites Chris Johnson tracker, it may be down to ourselves and the Atlanta Falcons.

According to the NFL report, several teams have already dropped out for the former rushing kings signature. The Dolphins dropped out after signing Moreno. The Cowboys, Giants, Rams and Bills reportedly have no interest. So that would leave ourselves and the Falcons, as long as a mystery team doesn't swoop in.

It was heavily reported that Johnson wanted to find a new team by the middle of this week, so this could escalate very quickly over the next 48 hours.

1. New York Jets: Three separate New York outfits offered the exact same report Friday morning, conceding the Jets' interest but cautioning that a signing would be possible only at the right price. In other words, the perceived front-runners are sending a message to Johnson's camp to lower expectations from the $8 million the running back originally was scheduled to earn in 2014.

A source informed of the Titans' thinking tells Rapoport that the Jets came closest to pulling off a trade. The team's brass "really likes" the potential of a tandem attack featuring Johnson and Chris Ivory, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

2. Atlanta Falcons: Despite a ProFootballTalk report to the contrary, Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseanisn't willing to surrender his original contention that the Falcons are a fit. There's reason to trust Wyatt's instincts, as Rapoport reports the Falcons and Bills were among the teams talking trade.

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