Cardinals Considering Extension For CJ2K

Cardinals GM Steve Keim says that the one-year contract under which running back Chris Johnson is now playing is “something we will look at” in terms of a potential extension, as Darren Urban of writes. Johnson, who sat on the shelf for much of the offseason, has enjoyed a surprising career resurgence in 2015.

Johnson, 30, is tied for the second-most rushing yards in the league with 405 yards, behind Bears star Matt Forte who has 438. What makes CJ2K ‘s play even more impressive is the fact that he did not have a training camp. Immediately after signing with Arizona in August, Johnson suffered a hamstring injury which kept him on the sidelines. Some might point to Johnson’s play through five weeks of football as a fluke, but a more optimistic observer might argue that Johnson could continue to soar as he shakes off his summer rust. Of course, the Cardinals are expected to proceed with caution given that Johnson is at a very advanced age for running backs.

Last season for the Jets, Johnson ran for just 663 yards, the first time in his career he recorded fewer than 1,000 yards in a season. However, he averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry for Gang Green in 2014. Meanwhile, the ground game was a weak spot in Arizona last season, as the team’s leading rusher,Andre Ellington, totaled just 660 yards, averaging 3.3 yards per carry. No other Cardinals back had more than 250 rushing yards and Keim won’t let Johnson get away if he feels that he can be the bell cow for Arizona’s offense.

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  1. Kevin

    This would be a GREAT signing for BOTH parties if they pull it off. CJ, is older, for a RB! He’s MADE his money, or he SHOULD have by now. Most players at his age would rather have a Super Bowl than money!

    The reality of the situation is, he fits here very WELL! He’s appreciated, the fans LOVE him, etc… He’s at an advanced age for a RB, so he’s NOT gonna get PAID unless he finds a desperate sucker, that’d PAY him Astronomical money at his age! But he’s got a REAL chance of winning a Super Bowl here!

  2. Sam Robinson

    This would be one of the most unlikely stories this season, considering what Johnson’s delivered the past few years and the fact that he was shot. At 30, at extension would be interesting due to many of his peers wearing down or unemployed. But at 5-plus YPC the past three games, he’s proving valuable right now. With Ellington back in an auxiliary role, the Cardinals have a more balanced backfield than they have in years.


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