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New York Jets Sign RB Chris Johnson to a Two-Year Deal

Chris Johnson’s stay on the free-agent market was short, as the former Tennessee Titans running back has agreed to terms with the New York Jets on a two-year contract.   

 The two-year deal is worth up to $9 million according to Pro Football Talk:

For years, Johnson was one of the sport’s elite players. He has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in his each of six seasons, including 2,006 yards in 2009. But declining production, coupled with a large salary, led to his ouster.

New York finished sixth in rushing last season and has every running back returning in 2014, yet felt the need to add more speed. Johnson, 28, is one of the fastest backs in the league, although he’s coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry.

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Aldon Smith Reportedly Arrested for Yelling ‘Bomb’ in an Airport [UPDATE: Smith Possibly Intoxicated at Time of Arrest]

San Francisco 49ers pro bowl DE Aldon Smith was allegedly detained by police for yelling ‘bomb’ at LAX. TMZ writes that Smith was involved in a loud argument with an airport worker at his gate, and the Sacramento Bee adds some corroborating details from the police report:

The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he was positively identified as the person in question. Once again the male subject became uncooperative and he was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being transported to LAPD for booking.

A Los Angeles World Airport police spokesperson released the following statement on the altercation to NFL.com:

“At approximately 1400 hrs, a 24 year-old Aldon Jacarus Ramon Smith, a resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening where he made a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him in the gate area where he became uncooperative. After conducting their investigation, LA Airport Police took suspect into custody and transported him to LAPD-Pacific division where he was booked for California Penal Code 148.1(a) – False report of a bomb threat.”

Witnesses told the Sacramento Bee that the suspect is Smith; the 49ers defender was arrested both last year and in 2012 for DUI, and faced felony weapons charges stemming from a night in which he was stabbed at his own house party.

 [UPDATE: The 49ers have released a statement

“We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment.”]

[UPDATE: After Smith missed five games last season while in rehab following a single car DUI accident, it was natural to question if he might have been drinking before arriving at the airport.

“He was not what we considered to be intoxicated,” said LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, “but he appeared as if he had been drinking earlier in the day.”

Ortiz later said that Smith was not administered a BAC test because that was not relevant to the arrest. The 49ers have not commented on Smith since their statement last night indicating that they were “disappointed” and “gathering pertinent facts”.]

 

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Colin Kaepernick Under Investigation for Suspicious Incident at Miami Hotel With Female [UPDATE]

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is under investigation for a suspicious incident in Miami.

According to TMZ law enforcement sources, the incident allegedly occurred this month at the Viceroy Hotel in Miami.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Quinton Patton of the 49ers and Ricardo Lockette of the Seahawks (who played in San Francisco in 2012) are also being investigated. The alleged incident, according to Barrows, citing a Miami PD report, occurred at Lockette’s apartment in Miami on April 1st (the TMZ report identified the Viceroy Hotel as the location).

Also, the PD report does not use the phrase “sexual assault”, instead referring to a “suspicious incident” at Lockette’s apartment involving a female.

According to the report, the incident occurred April 1 when a woman went to Lockette’s apartment in Miami at 9 p.m. Kaepernick and Patton were there, and the woman made drinks and served shots to the players. She was also told “to drink the shots she had to ‘hit’ the bong which contained marijuana,” the report said.

The report continues to say that the woman felt light headed and went to a bedroom where she was later joined by Kaepernick, 26, with whom she had a sexual relationship in the past. Kaepernick then left the bedroom. The two did not have sex, she said in the report. The report says that Patton, 23, and Lockette, 27, peeked inside the bedroom and that the woman yelled at them to get out.

According to the report, the woman does not remember anything about the night after that. She woke up in a hospital bed the following morning not knowing how she got there. The woman, whose name is redacted, reported the incident to police on April 3.

The report says that the woman and Kaepernick had a sexual relationship in the past, that she felt light-headed and went to the bedroom, and that Kaepernick joined her in the bedroom. She claimed that the two did not have sex, according to the report, but then does not remember anything else. She woke up in a hospital bed, not knowing how she got there. The incident was reported to police on April 3rd.

[UPDATE: Kaepernick made a statement regarding the TMZ report on Twitter Friday morning:

 

 

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Tennessee Titans Officially Release Running Back Chris Johnson

The CJ2K era in Tennessee has come to an end, as the Titans have released 28-year-old veteran running back Chris Johnson. 

The team also released a statement on Johnson’s release, according to Adam Caplan of NFL Network:

Statement from Titans General Manager Ruston Webster

“As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans. Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six year career with our team.

We have had an open dialogue with Chris’ agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process. We made an effort to trade Chris but were unable to do so.

We wish Chris the best and thank him for the six seasons he spent with us.”

The lightning-fast Johnson was one of the league’s most dynamic and explosive playmakers early in his career. He ran for 2,006 yards in 2009 and is one of only six players to run for at least 1,000 yards in his first six seasons, along with Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Corey Dillon.

But Johnson averaged a career-worst 3.9 yards a carry and didn’t have a run longer than 30 yards in 2013. He was scheduled to make $8 million in 2014.

Given this production, Johnson’s contract was insanely excessive, and the Titans made the right move by moving on from him. 

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DeSean Jackson Signs 3-Year Deal with Washington Redskins

DeSean Jackson will sign a three-year deal with the Washington Redskins according to tweets from ESPN’s Adam Schefter late Tuesday night.

Jackson was released on Friday by the Philadelphia Eagles. It didn’t take very long for an NFC East Division rival to sign him up. The Raiders and 49ers were among the many teams pursuing Jackson, however he’ll stay in the greater DC area and sign an agreement with Washington — the only team he met with in the process.

Redskins fans figure to be giddy tonight thinking about Robert Griffin III throwing deep to Jackson. Eagles fans, meanwhile, probably aren’t too thrilled that they’ll see their former No. 1 receiver playing against them two times per season over the foreseeable future.

Jackson is coming off a career year in which he recorded 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, all career highs. 2013 also marked the first time that Jackson played in all 16 regular-season games since his rookie year in 2008.

Jackson seem excited about his new home in D.C.

 

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