Chris Johnson sitting on Arizona Cards one year contract

by John Syders | Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The Arizona Cardinals certainty lack any kind of star power at the running back position, besides starter Andre Ellington (who would be a 3rd round/situational back in a position that was not as dreadful as this). The Cards have porverbial nobodies, Robert Hughes, Marion Grice, David Johnson and Paul Lasike in that position.

Outside of Andre Ellington I had never even heard of any of those backs until this morning when doing my research for this article, needless to say the Cardinals are in desperate need of some kind of play maker at the running back position.

Head Coach Bruce Arians may have found just that one quality playmaker.On Tuesday the Cardinals decided to reach out to former New York Jets running back Chris Johnson offering him a 1 year stint with the team.

Prior to that offer Johnson had been out of work and had not received any invitations since February when the Jets decline his 2015-16 team option. The Jets actions could’ve had something to do with the fact that he was arrested for a weapons charges in January 2015, or that he caught a bullet to the shoulder during a drive by shooting in March.

Chris Johnson, once a premier back in the league, rival to Adrian Peterson and a prestigious member of the “2k” club, lost his starting position after falling behind Chris Ivory last year.  Johnson gained a career low 663 yards on the ground on 155 carries.

On top of the Cardinals running back core being anything but great, they’ve also been hampered with hamstring injuries.  This prompted Bruce Arians to go on the hunt for a veteran back that could not only add on field production, but locker room leadership and potential help the lesser backs on the roster improve under the tutelage of one of the all-time greats.

Arians spoke on the woeful situation

“I’m not pleased with the time that Ellington and David have lost and I wasn’t that fired up about the running backs’ performances Saturday. The ball was on the ground, not hitting holes. I thought we should have scored on a couple of those runs where we were one-on-one with the safety and the backside linebacker and we get stopped.”

Arians added Tuesday that there’s “no way in hell” he will play the rookie Johnson early in the season if the former Northern Iowa star misses training camp with hamstring woes.

It looks like Johnson is a best option going forward and Arizona may actually need Johnson just as much as Johnson needs Arizona.

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21 years old, graduated from Wareham High School in 2012. Played H.S football. Has always had a love for sports.


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