Just check out the activity from Monday at the bottom of this post. There were four UFA signings announced where a player changed teams. The movement of LB Paris Lenon, CB Marcus Hudson, WR Ruvell Martin and ILB Larry Foote didn’t create much of splash.
But that’s where the available players sit right now. There are a few players every day coming available; for instance, QB Chris Simms and S Deon Grant because available after they were released by the Broncos and Seahawks.
We’ll take a look at the best signings around the league on Wednesday. Here on Tuesday, we’ll take a look at the Chiefs roster moves since the start of the new league year, plus the day before it all began when they re-signed LB Mike Vrabel (above). Here’s my view on what the Chiefs have gotten done, in order or importance to the team in 2010:
The signing of Larry Johnson on Friday begs the question of what the tandem of Johnson and Clinton Portis means to the Redskins’ backfield.
In his prime, Johnson was a classic power runner. Earlier this decade, Johnson was second to none as a downhill runner.
His punishing style and above-average speed for a back his size (he’s listed at 6 feet 1, 230 pounds) helped Johnson rush for more than 1,700 yards with at least 17 rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons (2005 and 2006) for the Kansas City Chiefs. And what some forget is that Johnson was a productive receiver out of the backfield, averaging more than 10 yards per catch on 74 receptions combined his top two seasons.
Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have signed Thomas Jones, the question becomes how much he’ll play.
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has questioned Charles’ ability to shoulder the load at just about every stop along the way. And at each stop thus far, Charles has proven he can handle it (and handle it well, I might add).
With Charles in the mix, it’s a risky move taking him off the field. He’s one of the fastest backs in the league and has the ability to break one at any time so taking him off the field isn’t always the best situation.
According to SI’s Peter King, look for a 60/40 split on Charles and Jones heading into 2010.
The highlight of Johnson’s seven-game career with Cincinnati came during Week 12 against the Browns when he finished with 107 yards on 22 carries. Since that game, he saw just 22 carries when Benson returned to full strength.
With Benson returning and Scott now having a full-year of experience at running back, the Bengals’ running game should be just as good—if not better—than it was in 2009. Not to mention fourth-year running back Brian Leonard provides Cincinnati with an effective third-down specialist.
As great as it would have been to keep Johnson on the roster, the Bengals were smart and realized how much potential their young core of running backs has.
He may have been one of the top running backs in the NFL a few years ago, but Johnson is far from the dominant player he was from 2005-06. With that in mind, it’s safe to say Cincinnati will be just fine without him for 2010.
Larry Johnson’s departure will have no impact on the Cincinnati Bengals running game-Examiner.com