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Chris Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January to repair a meniscus tear, indicated Thursday that there are no signs of arthritis in his knee, the Daily News reports. "No, that's not accurate," said Johnson, who signed with the Jets on Wednesday. "I'm pretty sure if they had major concerns of my knee or whatever, pretty sure I wouldn't have passed the physical."

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It remains to be seen how much Johnson – who has not missed a game over his last five seasons – will be able to do once the Jets' offseason program gets going, but in any case, the running back doesn't believe that his knee will be an issue come training camp. "Once offseason workouts start, I'm ready to get in there with the trainers of the Jets and we'll see where I'm at and go from there," Johnson noted Thursday.

While ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the Jets have some concerns about the condition of Chris Johnson's knee, said concerns were evidently not serious enough to deter the team from inking the running back to a two-year deal.

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While Schefter's report suggests that Johnson (who is bouncing back from a January procedure to address a meniscus issue) has some arthritis in his knee, it must be pointed out that the 28-year-old back has played in all 16 games five seasons in a row. In any case, with Chris Ivory in the Jets' backfield and Bilal Powell on hand as well, it's reasonable to expect Johnson's workload (he had 279 carries in 2013) to take a hit this season, though he was presumably added to the mix for his big-play potential and thus figures to see his share of touches, even if the Jets employ an Ivory (power) and Johnson (speed) combo in 2014.

The addition of Chris Johnson would appear to bump Bilal Powell down a notch on the Jets' RB depth chart, the Star-Ledger reports.

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Following the signing of Johnson, most of the fantasy buzz centers around the prospects of the Jets rolling primarily with with a backfield combo of Johnson and Chris Ivory this coming season. In such a scenario, Powell would serve in a depth capacity, with renewed fantasy relevance in 2014 an injury away.

The Jets plan to use newcomer Chris Johnson in tandem with Chris Ivory this coming season, ESPN.com reports.

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Meanwhile, the addition of Johnson bumps Bilal Powell down a notch on the team's depth chart. When both Ivory and Johnson are healthy, they project as a capable one-two combo out of the Jets' backfield, with Ivory slotting in as a power back, thanks to his tackle-breaking ability and Johnson working more as a speed back and pass-catcher out of the backfield. In any case, while the addition of Johnson should help spark the Jets' ground game this coming season, Ivory's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of the move.

The 49ers are reportedly trying to deal LaMichael James, csnbayarea.com reports.

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Since being made a second-round pick by the 49ers in the 2012 draft, James has recorded just 39 carries for 184 yards in 14 regular season contests, while making his biggest impact with the team as a returner. Given that Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore are ahead of James in the 49ers' RB pecking order heading into the 2014 season, a change of scenery would probably be a good thing for James, in both real and fantasy terms.

Sidney Rice (knee) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.

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Rice visited with the Jets on Wednesday, but came away without a deal, and tweeted from his personal account that he'd be re-signing with the Seahawks, a fact confirmed by multiple sources. Rice is several months removed from ACL surgery, but has recently been cleared to begin making cuts, an important step in his recovery. Rice had received interest from several suitors, but he'll instead take his services back to the defending Super Bowl champions in Seattle, where he recorded 15 catches for 231 yards and three scores in his injury-shortened 2013.

Sidney Rice, who indicated earlier this week that he has been cleared to begin cutting again as his recovery from an ACL injury continues, visited the Jets on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reports.

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While the Seahawks are thought to maintain interest in re-signing Rice, the Jets – still looking to upgrade their wideout corps – could be a good fit, with former Seattle VP of Football Administration John Idzik now working as the Jets GM. Meanwhile, as part of his visit with the Jets, Rice is undergoing a physical to evaluate his surgically-repaired knee, Manish Mehta of the Daily News reports.

Darren McFadden's new teammate, Maurice Jones-Drew confirms that the duo are on track to work as a tandem this coming season, csnbayarea.com reports. "I know they want Darren and I to split carries, which is perfectly fine," said Jones-Drew, who signed with the Raiders last month. "But we'll get a chance to compete."

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When McFadden re-signed with the Raiders last month, it looked like he might end up with a clearer path toward reclaiming the team's top RB gig, but the presence of Jones-Drew, as well as Latavius Murray to a lesser degree, ensures that he'll face viable competition in training camp, with a potential time-share in store as long as both Jones-Drew and McFadden can stay on the field.

Though csnbayarea.com suggests that a strong training camp from Latavius Murray could help him emerge as a factor in the team's offense this coming season, he now faces competition from both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew.

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Both McFadden and Jones-Drew have dealt with injury issues in the past, but as long as they are both healthy, Murray – who spent his rookie season on IR due to an ankle injury – figures to be hard-pressed to see enough carries to merit fantasy attention.

ESPN's Rich Cimini suggest that Mike Goodson (knee) could be the odd man out in the Jets' backfield, now that Chris Johnson has joined the team.

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With Johnson slated to work in tandem with Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell still around, Cimini suggests that Goodson – who landed on IR with a torn ACL/MCL last October – is probably "on thin ice" with the Jets as the 2014 campaign approaches.

Chris Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The base value of his deal is reportedly $8 million.

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While it figures to be difficult for Johnson to see as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards for the Titans last season, he makes for a nice complement to Chris Ivory, who emerged as the Jets' busiest back down the stretch last season. Moreover, Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher figures to boost the team's backfield – which also rosters Bilal Powell – while his durability (he's suited up for all 16 games in his last five seasons) is also a plus, given Ivory's injury history.

Mike James – whose 2013 season ended with a broken left ankle last November – is progressing well in his recovery, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

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The report notes that James, who played at about 228 pounds last season, has added some muscle to his upper body. Meanwhile, James has been running and in his words, is "very, very close" to being fully cleared. Once he's up to speed, James (who now checks in at 232 pounds) is in line to compete with Bobby Rainey for work behind the Bucs' top back, Doug Martin.

Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Joique Bell will continue to work in tandem with Reggie Bush, the Detroit Free Press reports. "I think they both have their specific role," Lombardi noted, while adding that "it's hard for one running back to get all the carries. So much like they did last year, I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive."

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The report points out that Bush (who ran for 1,006 yards on 223 carries) played on 54 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in 2013, while Bell was out there 49 percent of the time. In doing so, Bell recorded 650 rushing yards and eight TDs on 166 carries, while catching 53 passes for 547 yards. As long as there's a time-share in play, Bell's fantasy upside will be capped some, but even in such a scenario he figures to remain involved enough as a pass-catcher to maintain utility, especially in PPR-formats.

Josh Freeman and the Giants have agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.

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Freeman is thus in line to compete for the Giants' No. 2 QB job with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. Given his NFL starting experience (he has 60 to his credit), Freeman should have the edge to secure that role. Starter Eli Manning recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which paves the way for Freeman and co. to see added opportunities during the team's offseason workouts, while Manning recovers.

The Giants and Josh Freeman are reportedly closing in on a contract agreement, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Assuming he signs with the Giants, Freeman – who has 60 career NFL starts to his credit – would be in line compete to compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib for the team's top backup job behind starter Eli Manning, who recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. In such a scenario, Freeman would be the favorite to emerge as the team's No. 2 QB, but barring any setbacks, Manning is on track to be good to go well in advance of Week 1.

Malcom Floyd, who continues to recover from a neck injury that he sustained this past September, is slated to participate in the Chargers' voluntary workouts, which begin April 22, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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Floyd, who has been running and lifting of late, will be limited, however, and despite his progress, it remains unclear if he will be able to play this coming season. A decision that front will largely be based on the risk of re-injury and will no doubt be carefully weighed by Floyd and the Chargers' medical staff.

Josh Samuda broke his fibula and dislocated his right ankle in a non-contact drill Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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He'll have surgery Wednesday and will likely be out several months. He was signed to a reserve/future contract with the Vikings in January.

Ricardo Mathews signed with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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The defensive lineman, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by Indianapolis, will line up at right defensive end in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennell's 3-4 base defense. Mathews becomes the second free-agent lineman signed by the team following the acquisition of nose tackle Jerrell Powe.

Nate Washington is looking forward to working under the Titans' new head coach, Ken Whisenhunt, who was his offensive coordinator while the two were with the Steelers, ESPN.com reports.

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Washington, who caught 58 passes for 919 yards and three TDs this past season, is clearly excited about the team's new offense, which he says "opens up everything." With Kenny Britt no longer in the mix, Washington is joined in the Titans' receiving corps by the likes of Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Michael Preston and Marc Mariani. There had been some talk that the 30-year-old Washington might be a candidate to be cut due to his $4.8 million base salary, but it looks like he'll stick around to provide the team with an experienced – and at times, productive – pass-catcher to work in tandem with Wright and Hunter.

Allen Reisner has signed with Vikings, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Reisner, who caught five passes for 40 yards in five games for the Jaguars in 2013, returns to the Vikings (for whom he played in 2011-12) to provide the team with TE depth after a two-year stint with Jacksonville.