Monday, November 9, 2009
Could Larry Johnson land with Skins?
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
For anyone in the market for a disgruntled star running back, Larry Johnson's now on the street. In a remarkable descent from a once-promising career, Johnson has been released by the Chiefs and he'll become a free agent once he clears waivers.
And guess which team has already expressed some interest in Johnson? Yep, that would be the Washington Redskins, a team eight wins away from being 10-6. With Clinton Portis likely out for at least a week with a concussion, the Skins need a running back. Why not bring in one with a ton of baggage who recently used a gay slur on Twitter?
Redskins coach Jim Zorn acknowledged that the team had internal discussion regarding Johnson on Monday morning, but he said he needed to find out more.
"I need to have a longer conversation than I've had to make a decision," Zorn said.
It's a farce that Zorn's even participating in the internal discussions at this point. The organization will clearly move on without him after the season, so let's stop the charade of sending him out to make announcements. The Redskins have an embarrassing enough situation without signing a malcontent such as Johnson. It's not as if his recent comments about Chiefs coach Todd Haley were completely out of step with some of his previous gems.
More than 1,000 people have participated in an online poll on the Post's Web site regarding whether the Redskins should sign Johnson. At this point, 80 percent of the voters don't want Johnson to join the Redskins. And I'm right there with them.