10 years ago, it was Chris Johnson lighting up opposing defenses for the Tennessee Titans. Now, it’s Derrick Henry carrying that honor. And Johnson absolutely loves what he sees from the Tennessee beast.
Watching what Henry did on Sunday against the Houston Texans prompted Johnson to make a bold declaration about the Titans. He said they have the best running backs in NFL history.
Johnson puts himself, Eddie George, Earl Campbell and Henry up against anyone. NFL Research even did a comparison between the Titans’ best running backs and the Steelers’, which includes Jerome Bettis, Franco Harris, Le’Veon Bell and John Henry Johnson.
Johnson said the Steelers “don’t stand a chance” in comparison.
That’s a really nice group of running backs.
The Rams’ franchise also has a good argument. They had Lawrence McCutcheon, Eric Dickerson, Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Steven Jackson and Todd Gurley. Of course, CJ2K would still say his Titans backs have the edge, but that’s three Hall of Famers the Rams had. The Titans only have one from that group and need Henry to have a lot more beastly seasons to make it.
But you know how Johnson is — he loves to rile up fans with provocative discussions.
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Some bombshell allegations about a murder-for-hire plot involving Chris Johnson surfaced on Thursday, and the former NFL star appears to have issued a denial.
According to a report from TMZ, Johnson paid a well-known Florida gang member a sum of money to kill two men who were believed to be responsible for shooting Johnson and two of his friends back in 2015. Johnson suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder in the drive-by shooting, while one of his friends died and another was also shot. Johnson tweeted the following message not long after the report came out.
Johnson has not been charged with any crime, but TMZ said investigators have an informant who told them Johnson paid a man named Dominic Bolden money and helped him become the leader of a drug organization in exchange for Bolden killing the men who were suspected of shooting Johnson. Johnson’s representatives said there is “no validity to any of these accusations.”
The murders were committed months after Johnson and his friends were shot. Shortly before the 2015 drive-by shooting, Johnson was arrested on a gun-related charge.
Chris Johnson was the victim of a drive-by shooting in 2015 that left him wounded and one of his friends dead, and the former NFL running back is now being accused of hiring hit men to exact revenge.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Johnson has been accused of paying a gang member to kill two men who were suspected of opening fire on Johnson and his friends in a shooting in Orlando back on March 8, 2015. Johnson was shot in the shoulder, and his friend Dreekius Johnson was killed.
Not long after the shooting, a well-known Florida gang member named Dominic Bolden shot and killed two men in two separate incidents — one on Jan. 19, 2016 and the other on July 24, 2016. The victims were believed to be the shooters in the drive-by that left Johnson and one other wounded and killed Dreekius Johnson. Law enforcement officials say an informant told them Chris Johnson paid Bolden for the murders and helped him become the leader of a famed drug organization in Florida.
According to the court documents, Johnson is believed to have supplied Bolden with “funds and an individual who could continually supply Dominic Bolden with as much narcotics as needed to supply the DTO.” The informant told investigators the murder-for-hire scheme elevated Bolden’s reputation and made him the de-factor leader of the drug organization.
Johnson is also accused of assisting with the day-to-day operations of the drug organization, but he has not been charged with any crime related to that or the alleged murder-for-hire plot. His representatives told TMZ there is “no validity to any of these accusations.”
Johnson was arrested on a troubling charge not long before he was shot in 2015, so the three-time Pro Bowler is not a stranger to legal issues.
Chris Johnson went from being one of the best running backs in the NFL to a member of a time share with the New York Jets, and you can understand why he regrets that decision looking back. Just don’t expect Jets fans to feel any sympathy for Johnson.
On Monday, Johnson took to Twitter to admit he has kicked himself for signing with the Jets over the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He said the Ravens offered him the same money and he still chose New York.
Johnson spent the first six years of his career with the Tennessee Titans, and he rushed for more than 1,000 yards each season. He eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in 2009 and earned himself the nickname CJ2K. He then signed with the Jets in 2014 and rushed for just 663 yards on 155 carries and was released after just one year.
Johnson insisted he had nothing personal against the Jets but simply should have known they had no room for him with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell already there. That didn’t stop him from feeling the wrath of Jets fans.
Johnson was quick to toot his own horn after signing with the Jets, but things obviously didn’t work out. While there’s no telling how he would have fared in Baltimore, you can’t blame him for wondering what could have been.
Longtime NFL running back Chris Johnson has officially retired.
Best known for his time with the Tennessee Titans, Johnson announced his retirement Monday via a statement from his agency.
Johnson hadn’t played in 2018. He got 45 carries in a very limited role with the Arizona Cardinals last season.
Johnson will be best remembered for his second NFL season, when he rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns back in 2009. He never quite reached those heights again, though he did rush for 1,000 yards or more in each of his first six NFL seasons. His time with the Titans did not end amicably, and he never found the same levels of success after he departed Tennessee.
Some say that the NFL stands for “Not For Long,” and the reasons for that are obvious. Football is a dangerous game played by some of the strongest and fastest athletes in the world. Most NFL careers are understandably short at an average of between 3-6 years, with the higher number projected by the NFL and the lower number projected by the NFLPA.
In some cases, players exceed those numbers, but Father Time catches up with everyone. And quite often, that’s a hard pill to swallow for someone who loves the game and knows nothing else. But in the end, retirement is inevitable for all who snap on the chinstrap.
Here’s a look at 10 NFL players who should be considering retirement in 2018.
10. Karlos Dansby, LB, free agent
Karlos Dansby briefly considered retirement a season ago before signing a one-year deal to return to the Arizona Cardinals, where he appeared in 16 games, recording 95 tackles and one sack. While Dansby’s numbers were still respectable, his Pro Football Focus grade dipped to 68.2, which is considered below average. But despite that, and the fact that he’s approaching the age of 37, Dansby still does not appear ready to hang them up, and teams remain interested. Ultimately, the window on Dansby’s career is closing. He’ll need to think about life after football sooner rather than later.
The Arizona Cardinals are preparing for life without star running back David Johnson, and they are expected to bring back a familiar face to help fill out their backfield.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Cardinals plan to re-sign Chris Johnson.
Johnson, who will turn 32 later this month, spent the last two seasons in Arizona before being cut this year. He played in just four games due to injury last year but was very productive in 2015, rushing for 814 yards on 196 carries.
David Johnson is expected to miss at least two months after undergoing wrist surgery. The Cardinals have already signed a running back off of the New England Patriots practice squad, so they are clearly not trying to replace their Pro Bowler with one player. If nothing else, Chris Johnson should still be familiar with Arizona’s offensive playbook.
The Arizona Cardinals are already making arrangements to fill the void left by David Johnson, who is expected to miss some time with a wrist injury.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are signing D.J. Foster off the New England Patriots’ practice squad.
Foster is an extremely versatile back who has experience playing both running back and wide receiver. He was a record-setting running back in high school at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale and later went to Arizona State. At ASU, he played running back his first three years before transitioning to wide receiver as a senior.
Foster has been with the New England Patriots’ organization as an active roster member and practice squad player since signing with them after going undrafted last year. He saw action in three games last season. He has strong receiving skills, which should help replicate what Johnson does for the Cardinals.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians also said Monday that the team will consider bringing back Chris Johnson. The former 2,000-yard rusher spent the past two seasons with Arizona but was cut from the roster this year. He remains unsigned.
Chris Johnson’s NFL career may have reached the end of the line.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the veteran running back has been released by the Arizona Cardinals in the latest round of cuts.
One has to wonder if this is it for the running back, who turns 32 later this month. He played in just four games for Arizona in 2016, and he has not rushed for 1,000 yards since 2013. He had re-signed with Arizona in July and clearly intended to keep playing, but he will have to take a very long look at things now that he’s once again out of a job.
Chris Johnson will turn 32 in September and is coming off a year in which he appeared in just four games, but the veteran running back is not ready to call it a career.
In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Friday, Johnson said he still wants to play in the NFL. He claims a few teams have expressed interest and he has been in contact with the Arizona Cardinals about a possible return.
Johnson’s 2016 season was cut short by a groin injury. If he returns to Arizona, he will likely be in for very limited work behind workhorse running back David Johnson, who has emerged as one of the best offensive players in the league.
Back in February, Johnson said he wants to sign with a team that will give him an opportunity for a significant role. With 9,537 total rushing yards in his career, Johnson says getting to 10,000 is important to him.
Only 29 players in NFL history have rushed for more than 10,000 yards in their careers, and it will be difficult for Johnson to join that club. He may have to choose between very limited carries and hanging up the cleats.