Friday, March 12, 2010
Skins, Larry Johnson agree to contract
By Dan Graziano
So much for the lack of intrigue at Redskins Park. Washington has agreed to a three-year contract with former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson that could be worth as much as $12 million if he reaches several incentives, according to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. Johnson, 30, finished last season with the Bengals. His production has plummeted over the past few seasons and he earned himself a release from the Chiefs with some controversial Tweets regarding coach Todd Haley and some derogatory comments toward a reporter.
Obviously, this is more of a stopgap move than a long-term solution. I would still expect the Redskins to draft a running back next month. Coach Mike Shanahan admired Johnson while playing against him in the AFC West. And if you've followed Shanahan's career, you know how much he loves older players who've been productive earlier in their careers.
This is the first offseason program general manager Bruce Allen and Shanahan have had, and this is truly open to question. Johnson was one of the best running backs in the league, but he's four years removed from that. If I'm trying to build chemistry in the locker room, Johnson's not the guy I'd turn to. I'm sure the guaranteed money's pretty low based on Johnson's past behavior, but that doesn't make it a good move.
Earlier this week, the Redskins hosted former Steelers running back Willie Parker. I think he would've been a better option. The Redskins will now "complement" Clinton Portis with a guy who's had a ridiculous amount of carries. So now you have two aging backs who've taken way too much punishment over the years.
You guys have a different opinion?