I feel like Larry Johnson hasn't been any good for years anyway, as with most runningbacks who have record-setting seasons. Then again, his YPC was good last year so maybe he doesn't suck as much as I perceive. Pittsburgh will never take him though. They already have two flawed but promising or once-good starting RBs to choose from. But even if they didn't, they just don't sign people with really obvious character issues. I don't mean that in the mythopoeticized Rooneys idea of the Steelers as a team with a zero tolerance policy for non-classiness, because they do almost always stick by their own players who got into trouble. But they just don't willfully bring potential problem people into the fold. It's why the "Tomlin will rehabilitate Michael Vick!" stuff was preposterous.
Originally posted by StaggerLeeWell, if we are going by "who gets a digruntled RB and makes them a part of the team" argument, New England will have him locked up in no time. Then again, isnt mulrony(spelling) doing a good job?
The name you might have been looking for is Maroney, and he's okay. He's been solid lately now that he isn't fighting for carries. I'd like to see the Pats pass on Johnson though. The guy's all done, and if some contender picks him up and he runs nuts on the Pats in the playoffs then so be it.
Pittsburgh doesn't need him, but Philly may pick him up since Westbrook is having his yearly mid-season injury bug. I could also see the 49ers as well to keep some of the pressure off of Gore. I think he is way past his prime even though his O-line sucks. We all know that he will be in silver and black by the end of week, right?
Part of his problem is the head coach that the whole team seems to loathe. Part of the problem is that he is an immature headcase. ANd finally, after his injusry he seems to have lost "it." I hope everyone takes a pass until he can demonstrate the maturity of at least a five year old.
The Bears have about 1.5 healthy running backs, but they're playing on Thursday this week and it probably wouldn't be enough time to wait for him to go thru waivers and pick him up. Maybe next week.
I think his place depends on what he wants out of the rest of the season. If he wants to rehab his image, he'll try to hook on as backup to a team in a positive direction. If he wants to prove he still is a feature back, he'll go to the place that'll give him the most carries. If he just doesn't care any more, he just stay home, collect the money KC still has to pay him, and wait till next year. No telling what he wants until LJ comes out and says it.
Originally posted by DrDirt I hope everyone takes a pass until he can demonstrate the maturity of at least a five year old.
Then this should be the end of his NFL career. He's been pitching tantrums and shooting off his mouth since college, and if he hasn't grown up in the almost-seven years of his pro career, then he doesn't have a lot of NFL time left to get it back on track.
Have to look at the 3 obvious franchises that could claim him off of waivers: Raiders, Raiders Midwest (Browns) and Raiders East (Redskins). Larry and Mangini would be humorous. Now, if he clears waivers, the options narrow significantly. Remember, Larry doesn't want to play for the white man, so that does eliminate many playoff contenders.
This might be the one time where the Raiders are one of the most unlikely landing places for a disgruntled former star. With the poopstorm currently going on with their Coach, they *may* actually try to steer clear of adding more corn to the mix just this once.
I certainly don't want it to happen, but I have to wonder if "my" Seahawks would give him a look-see with "our" running game being so bad at the moment? (Of course, I think fixing the O-line would help that out a great deal before just adding another back to the mix).
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Judging by Wisenhunt's comments this week, as committed to Leinart as Arizona is, they know they'd be utter fools to give up a backup like Warner unless they were having cap problems or a desperate gap-filling need at the end of the season.