Community Tailgate: Will Chris Johnson Sign?

We’re still more than a month and a half away from the start of battles on the NFL gridiron, but there’s no offseason when it comes to debate amongst fans. Earlier this summer, we launched a new series here at PFR that will be known as the Community Tailgate. What’s the Community Tailgate all about? Well, it’s pretty simple. Every weekday, we’ll highlight one of the top stories going on in the NFL. Then, in the comment section below, we want you to weigh in and let us know what you think.

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Today, our Community Tailgate feature focuses on a report from Jason La Canfora of, who wrote today that veteran running back Chris Johnson, having survived a drive-by shooting earlier this year, hopes to land with an NFL team after training camps get underway.

“Right now is kind of a dead period,” Johnson told La Canfora on CBS Radio. “But things should pick back up when (camps start). I’ve just been working hard, getting back healthy, getting in shape. Now it’s just waiting and working out and seeing what my next situation is going to be.”

Johnson, who was shot during that aforementioned drive-by, has since been medically cleared for all football activities, and La Canfora spoke to some NFL executives who believe the former Titan showed more burst last year in New York than he had in some previous seasons.

It may take an injury or two for Johnson to draw any serious interest, but a few execs who spoke to La Canfora cited the Cowboys as a possible suitor. La Canfora also identifies the Ravens, Chiefs, Broncos, and Patriots as possibilities, particularly if any of those teams have injury problems in their respective backfields.

What do you think? Will we see Johnson on a regular season roster this year, or is his time as an NFL contributor behind him? If he does continue his playing career, which team do you think he’ll be playing for this fall? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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4 comments on “Community Tailgate: Will Chris Johnson Sign?

  1. Nick Cicale

    Dallas would obviously be the best situation for him. Good line and not much competition, so he would have a chance to contribute. However, I don’t think he’ll be getting a full work load where ever he goes.

    • Luke Adams

      Agreed on both counts. If the Cowboys were willing to take a shot on Darren McFadden, I don’t see why they wouldn’t take a flier on Johnson as well. Neither player is going to have a 1,500-yard season, but they could be productive with 100-150 carries.

  2. Terrence

    Randle and Jonson in the backfield would be great with McFadden and Dunbar returning kicks. Johnson still has a lot of juice left. With our line and 300+ carries, he could hit 2K again. Even if they split, hes still a great weapon to have.

  3. Barry Sanders

    He is a part time player at best. Though the Raiders will probably sign him. Dallas can have him, put him in a good situation and he might get 500-700 yards. The system that I think would work best for him is in Philadelphia.


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