By now, you’ve heard the news about Larry Johnson. You’ve heard that he can’t sip bubbly any more. You’ve heard that he can’t go to Blonde or any other bar or club after 9 PM. You’ve heard that he plans to report when the Chiefs kick off their voluntary workouts come Monday. You’ve heard that the Chiefs are filling a breach-of-contract grievance with the NFL to try to free themselves of the $3.75 million they owe wannabe Scarface Andre Rison Jr.
What you haven’t read is this: Larry Johnson will not be wearing red on Sundays this fall…in Kansas City, anyway.
Say goodbye to the bad guy? No. Say goodbye to the Larry in red.
He might don red as Tiger Wood’s caddy. He might sport the red jersey of the Bucs, Cardinals, Falcons, Niners, Texans or Giants. But he will never rock his red No. 27 Chiefs jersey again. Well, not on Sunday for pay. If he wants to wear it with a pink watch, a trucker hat and camo pants to the club on his own time, hey, that’s his business.
Look, if L.J. wanted to bounce before, how do you think he feels now? Besides, The Pioli Trinity knew the situation coming in. They knew that they either had to rekindle the flame or release No. 27. Filing a grievance with the NFL so they don’t have to pay the man doesn’t seem like trying to rekindle the flame to me. That’s more like trying to blow out L.J.’s candle for good. Maybe they should just spit a drink on it? Pretty sure that would extinguish the flame.
In all seriousness, Johnson has played his last game for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have made their move; it’s clear that they don’t want L.J. around any longer. As for L.J., it’s pretty clear that he doesn’t want to be around any longer, too. The lip service about the Chiefs his agent is feeding us? Two words: damage control. Team Johnson is trying say all the right things and line up its next gig.
With L.J. elsehwere, what will happen to the Chiefs rushing attack?
Well, the NFLN’s Charlie Casserly just stated that he expects the Chiefs to try and trade down on draft day. Now, if they traded back into the first round, say picking up the Eagles’ two firsts, the Chiefs could draft Knowshon Moreno or maybe even Beanie Wells. Then they’d still be able to pick up an Eben Britton or Larry English with that second first-rounder. Even if they traded with Seattle, picking up the No. 4 and 36 picks, they could still get Brian Orakpo early and someone like UCONN’s Donald Brown or Iowa’s Shonn Greene in the second round. I think a trade with a team that picks early like Seattle is more likely than a swap with the Eagles.
But the Chiefs will have to pick up another running back through free agency, a trade or the draft, because neither Jamaal Charles nor Kolby Smith are feature backs. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, folks, but that’s just how I feel. Kolby Smith can be our Kevin Faulk. Jamaal Charles can be a homeless man’s Reggie Bush. But neither can tote the rock 20 times per game. I just can’t see it.
This week will be Larry’s last stand in K.C. Then the Chiefs will be shopping for a new feature back. You heard it here first.