"When I woke up this morning I knew it was going to be the Jets."
- Chris Johnson on his decision to sign with New York
Rumors of an impending union between former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and the New York Jets were running rampant after his visit with the team on Tuesday, and the former 2,000-yard rusher made it official on Wednesday by signing a two-year, $8 million contract.
"I've always been a big fan of the Jets," he told NewYorkJets.com. "There was some thought into this, but just at the end of the day, I was comfortable here. I just felt like it was the right situation."
Johnson's declining production and swelling price tag made him a cap casualty in Tennessee, but the Jets are hoping that, at 29, he still has plenty of fuel left in the tank and can provide a much needed spark to their ineffectual offense.
"That the Giants signed Freeman, despite seeing him implode firsthand, could be a sign that they view him as more than a warm body."
- SB Nation writer Louis Bien on the Giants signing Josh Freeman
The Giants inked former Buccaneer and failed Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman on Wednesday, just days after news that Eli Manning was undergoing ankle surgery. There's certainly no universe where Freeman starts over a healthy Manning (or even a moderately injured one), but this does say something about the depth the Giants think they have behind him. They reportedly only want to carry two quarterbacks into the season, so bringing on Freeman may be a sign that the team has doubts about Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter.
"I just can't tell you how amazing it is. His knee is almost completely healed. He's going to be ready to go for training camp. I don't think there's any question."
- Jon Gruden on NFL quarterback prospect Aaron Murray
It's only been five months since former Georgia signal caller Aaron Murray underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL, so there were few who expected him to be ready for his pro day on Wednesday. But not only did Murray show up, he was able to make quite an impression on NFL scouts. He completed 47-of-54 passes, and four of those incompletions were mistakes on the receivers' end. Jon Gruden got to see Murray up close at his quarterback camp, and declared him all but recovered.
"A reunion seemed inevitable all along."
-Kenneth Arthur, Field Gulls
After working out with the New York Jets and getting a physical, wide receiver Sidney Rice signed with ... the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. Rice will join the Seahawks on a much cheaper deal in hopes to get back to where he was before his release. The Seahawks couldn't handle Rice's cap number with the issues he had staying healthy, but he'll get a chance to earn a starting role alongside Percy Harvin next season, especially with Golden Tate leaving for the Detroit Lions.
"The one question that will probably never be answered is why the 49ers drafted him in the first place."
-David Fucillo, Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers may be shopping running back LaMichael James, according to reports. James was a second-round draft pick but struggled to find his way onto the field in any role outside of being a returner. Unfortunately for James, he now finds himself beneath Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart. He may even end up behind Marcus Lattimore next season. He's been vocal about wanting playing time, though it's unclear what the 49ers will be able to get for him.