I thought the Redskins were finished making terrible personnel decisions. Guess not. ESPN.com has reported that the Redskins foolishly signed Larry Johnson to a 3 year deal. From ESPN:
The deal is worth $3.5 million and could reach as much as $12 million total with incentives.
Johnson, a two-time Pro Bowl pick who has run for 6,219 yards and 55 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to work with incumbent Redskins running back Clinton Portis.
Johnson also has 154 catches for 1,373 yards and six TDs.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan called the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Johnson a “physical runner” and a “great addition to our backfield.”
If Washington wanted a washed up back with too many carries why didn’t they just roll with Portis? Stil, the team is now coached by Mike Shannahan and if you remember his Denver days, he can usually find a way to plug any scrub back into his system and have them look halfway decent. I guess we will see how it all works out. I, however, am not the only one who thinks this move is dumb. From ESPN’s Matt Mosley:
Johnson was brilliant for two seasons in the league. But the last time he truly helped a team was 2006. I don’t see Johnson being happy about playing second-fiddle to Portis, but that’s what he’ll be asked to do. This will go down as the first highly questionable signing by the Redskins.
Just because they apparently got Johnson on the cheap doesn’t make it a good decision.
And from the same article, Johnson shows how delusional he is:
“There hasn’t been a real good running back tandem in the league [for a while],” said Johnson. “There’s always been one guy or three guys. It’d be just like how me and Priest Holmes was way back in the day. It’d be nice to be able to play aside somebody like that.”