Should the Falcons pursue Chris Johnson?

Chris Johnson was let go by the Jets. Should the Falcons pursue him?

The Falcons are desperate to improve their running game, but should they turn to another almost-30-year-old player for the answer?

The Jets declined the 2015 option on running back Chris Johnson on Saturday, making him a free agent for the second straight season.

Johnson is coming off his worst season as a pro, with career-lows in rushing yards (663) and attempts (155). His yards per average (4.3) was still respectable, but the Jets split his time with Chris Ivory.

Johnson had six straight 1000-yard seasons with the Tennessee Titans, including a 2000-yard season in his second year of 2009.

The former East Carolina star turns 30 this September. We all know what seems to happen with running backs when they hit that magic number. Michael Turner losses his effectiveness the closer he got to 30, while Steven Jackson turned 30 right after he joined the Falcons and has been nowhere near the player he was with Rams.

Jackson is still under contract for next season, but the Falcons could release him.

Would new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan want Johnson? Should Johnson be a target?



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