Fascinating to see that Larry Johnson has signed a deal with the Washington Redskins, a team where the backfield is in dire need of some healthy and strong legs.
Having dumped stalwarts Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright Redskins Coach Shanahan needed some RB depth, but I’m not overly convinced that hiring a seven year vet with a history of misbehaviour is the answer.
LJ had two incredible seasons as a Chief (2005-06) when he rushed for 3,539 yards and 37 ground touchdowns.
Since then he has had three sub 1,000 yard seasons, and he suited up for two teams in 2009 after the Chiefs dumped him just before he re-wrote the KC all-time rushing records.
Larry is not that special at catching the ball, his talent lies in running up the gut and wearing teams down. Problem in Washington is that Clinton Portis (coming back from injury) is a similar type of back.
The Redskins will still be sensible to go after an electric back in the 2010 NFL draft as Larry and Clinton are not change of pace backs, they are both 3rd gear grinders.
Washington needs a 5th gear highlight type back. Obviously they wont go after C.J. Spiller in round 1 as they have much bigger needs at offensive line and quarterback, but they should get pretty excited if they get into round 2 and Cal’s Jahvid Best is available.
Good luck to Larry – it’s March 2010 and I’m not convinced this is the best move – let’s hope I am proved wrong.
Saying that, fate will probably dictate Portis gets injured early and LJ goes on to get 250 carries and 1,300 yards.
What do you think of LJ becoming a Redskin?