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Chris Johnson Rumors: Are New York Giants really interested?

Are the Giants truly interested in soon-to-be free-agent running back Chris Johnson?

Could Chris Johnson be in blue next year?
Could Chris Johnson be in blue next year?
Andrew Burton

If there was any question on the progress of former first-round pick David Wilson, it may have just been answered.

According to Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo, the New York Giants are among three teams who appear to be interested in soon-to-be free-agent running back Chris Johnson.

Garafolo said in a recent TV interview, "Among the teams you should expect to show interest are the same ones that expressed interest in a trade with Tennessee. Some of those include the Jets, the Cowboys and even the New York Giants."

On paper, Wilson has a near identical skill set to that of Johnson. The two are home-run hitters with great speed and agility. On any given play, either can break a run for a touchdown. Yet for each positive, each has an abundance of question marks and negatives surrounding them.

Wilson is fresh off neck surgery that has put his career in question. When on the field, the 22-year-old has been plagued by fumbles and has only flashed the potential that led to his first-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Meanwhile, Johnson's dedication has been questioned since signing a four-year, $53.98 million contract with the Titans. In Johnson's first three years, he scored a combined 34 touchdowns, but just 16 in his last three. Last year, he averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry.

There's no argument that a change of scenery could benefit Johnson and the Giants have been looking for a "contingency" plan in case Wilson isn't a full go. Combining the speedy Johnson with the power of recently signed Rashad Jennings could create the thunder-lightning backfield combination New York hoped it had with Andre Brown and Wilson last year.

The Giants have $3.55 million in cap room to make a play at Johnson if they wish. That is certainly more than Dallas, but not nearly as much as the New York Jets. If Jets' GM John Idzik isn't willing to watch another potential free agent leave to his cross-town rival, expect the Jets to part with some of their $35 million of available money.

What do you think Giants' fans? Would Johnson be a good fit in New York? Cast your vote below

[UPDATE 12:38 p.m. EDT: Johnson has officially been released.]