Redskins Sign Larry Johnson

By Ben Linton

In order to add depth to the running back position, The Washington Redskins have added running back Larry Johnson to the team. Johnson signed a three-year deal, and will likely be the spell back for Clinton Portis. Both players are ex-Pro Bowlers, but may be nearing the end of their careers and production.

Johnson spent most of his career in Kansas City, where he rushed for 6,219 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns in eight seasons. The past three seasons Johnson has tailed off however, he hasn’t had a great season since 2006 when he rushed for 1,789 yards and 17 touchdowns with KC.

Although many people may see Johnson as washed up, with nothing left in the tank, the Redskins are willing to give the 6’1 230 pound back a chance. Sometimes when a player is frustrated and hasn’t performed well in a couple seasons, all they need is a change of scenery and they can go back to their normal ways, like Randy Moss did with New England. However I don’t see that happening with Johnson. He is a bruising back, the kind of one that the Redskins need, but expectations can’t be high after a lack of production these past few seasons. Don’t expect any 1,000 yard seasons, just look for Johnson to carry the ball four to eight times a game, mainly in short yardage situations.

Best of luck to Johnson as his career progresses here in Washington.

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