"He's a very good player and a friend of mine," said Johnson, who saw him twice a year when they were both on AFC South teams.
Jets coach Rex Ryan declined to talk about the receiver, because he isn't on the Jets roster. He said he could understand where Chris Johnson is coming from.
"I think it shows the enthusiasm that they have," Ryan said. "Great players want to be around [great players]. Hey what can we do? This happens all the time."
Ryan said that players often come into his office to tell him about players who are hitting the market -- almost as quickly as he scurries to see general manager John Idzik when a player he likes is available. So Ryan is sympathetic to the players he sees.
"Their hearts [are] in the right spot, players just want to have the best team they can possibly have," Ryan said.
Chris Johnson said he doesn't have a timetable to get back on the field yet, but Ryan said he is making progress.
"I think I'm making good progress, I've always been a hard worker," Chris Johnson said.
As for running back Mike Goodson, Ryan said he hadn't been at the facility and that he hasn't spoke to the player. Goodson is rehabbing a knee injury and dealing with a 2013 arrest on gun and drug charges.