By all public accounts, Chris Johnson was a model citizen during his tenure with the Tennessee Titans, though the explosive running back at times reportedly rubbed members of the coaching staff the wrong way with a questionable work ethic and 'laid-back attitude'.
While those irritations weren't the reason behind Johnson's release, which was first reported late last week and became official on Monday afternoon, they likely played a role in it.
It's not a concern of the New York Jets, however, who are interested in the running back and reportedly have no concerns about his rumored work ethic issues, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
RB Chris Johnson will officially become a free agent in a few minutes. Jets do NOT have concerns about his work ethic. #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) April 7, 2014
While Johnson might not be the first guy at morning meetings or the last guy to leave the practice field, the Jets don't need that. Granted, you'd certainly like those things out of any player, but Johnson brings with him an accomplished career in the NFL which young players will respect.
No meeting between Johnson and the Jets is currently scheduled (at least not publicly), though the three-time Pro-Bowl talent is rumored to be ready to pick his new team by the end of this week.
The Jets were said to be the closest team to acquiring Johnson via trade before his release and are viewed by many as the favorites to land the former East Carolina star.MORE: 2014 NFL Mock Draft Database | Top centers | Top guards | Top tackles | Top RBs