Ex-NFL Star Chris Johnson Regrets Signing with Jets

John Healy
April 07, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Former NFL running back Chris Johnson is spending his time at home reflecting on his career, and on Monday evening he revealed one of his regrets: signing with the Jets.

Johnson, who spent the 2014 season in New York during his 10-year career, expressed that he should have signed with the Baltimore Ravens instead.

“Just thinking to myself how did I pick going to jets over Baltimore Ravens in 2014,” he tweeted with a bunch of facepalm emojis. “What a bad decision !!!”

Johnson was coming off six consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons with the Tennessee Titans when he signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Jets as a 29-year-old running back.

The former running back said he received the same exact offer from Baltimore, but opted to join Gang Green instead. What ensued was a season in which he started six games and rushed for just 663 yards and a touchdown on 155 touches — all career lows — while the Jets finished 4-12.

Johnson did not elaborate on why he chose the Jets over the Ravens, other than saying “I had my reasons,” but ultimately pointed that it was not a good fit for him.

“Nothing against the Jets it was bad decision because they was already et at the position I wasn’t needed there honestly C. Henry and B.P. Has it under control,” he tweeted.

Johnson was likely referring to Chris Ivory, not Henry, and Bilal Powell.

Still, Johnson’s tweets caught a wave of blowback from fans on Twitter, and he spent much of his evening trying to do damage control and reason with those tweeting at him.

“Shheeshhhh that struck a nerve lol,” he tweeted.

Johnson lasted just one season in New York before finishing the final three seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, although his production was never quite the same as it was in Tennessee.