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Dallas Cowboys Free Agency: Is Chris Johnson An Option?


Since being released from the Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson has been rumored to receive interest from the New York Giants, the New York Jets,  and the Dallas Cowboys. In 2009, Johnson ran for over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. Since, Johnson has digressed in each and every season. He fell out of flavor in Tennessee in 2013, and it was no secret that there was rift between Johnson and management.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Cowboys have a ton of interest in Johnson dating back from the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Why might #Cowboys sign Chris Johnson? In 2008 draft, they were gonna pick him at 25, but #Titans grabbed him at 24. Dallas got

Mike Jenkins

 

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2014

Although DeMarco Murray had an excellent year in 2013, it should be noted that he still sat out two games. Murray has a laundry list of injuries in his three-year NFL career, and it is not certain that he will be able to stay healthy for a full season. If Murray goes down with an injury, the Cowboys have to rely on the likes of Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle. Dunbar showed at the end of the 2013 season that he could be a good change-of-pace back, but like Murray, Dunbar has also had problems staying healthy. Randle has been ridiculed by Cowboy fans because he is too slow, and not that strong either.

To keep Murray fresh, signing CJ2K on a two-year deal may not be such a bad idea. Johnson will probably never return to his 2009 self, but he has some gas left in the tank, and a change of scenery may just be all he needs. The combination of Murray and Johnson would make this offense much more efficient. Jerry Jones really liked Johnson in years past, and signing Johnson now would be a “sexy move” that Jerry loves.

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  • David

    So sign him on a 2 yeard deal to get 5 carries a game while Murray gets 7. Yes thats Brilliant.

    • JoeDaBeast

      So when Murray needs a breather, which is the better option, Johnson, Randle, or Dunbar?

      • David

        So you are going to sign a guy for a good size contract to spell Murry to block..Yes thats another brilliant plan.

        • JoeDaBeast

          He will not always be a back-up, especially based on Murray’s health history. But I can tell you are a brilliant person (sarcasm).

          • David

            Well I know I am more brilliant on the subject of football than you are if you think its a good idea to sign CJ to get 6 carries a game in a pass heavy offense. And so you are banking on Murray getting hurt. Come on.

          • Ryan Ratty

            Injuries could happen to anyone. Murray gets a ton of them, and the Cowboys need to have depth.

          • David

            And my point is to draft one and not waste money that they need to save for Smith and Dez. You just dont see a lot of teams signing high priced rb’s or drafting them very high unless they are an AP.

          • JoeDaBeast

            I guess you’ve never seen Johnson take off on a swing pass? Yes, definitely a genius you are!

          • David

            Get off his nuts already. Damn you act like he was the best rb in the league. So you are going to pay him big money for 5 carries and a couple swing passes a game. GTFO here already.

          • JoeDaBeast

            Make up your confused mind. Is it 5 carries a game or 6? “Damn you act like he was the best rb in the league.” I’m sure you mean IS the best RB in the league, not WAS the best RB in the league. smh

          • David

            He neither was or is the best rb in the league. So you want him to take up the last bit of cap space they have for a rotational back..Lol but he catches a mean swing pass.

          • JoeDaBeast

            Exactly! I guess you’ve just been a fan the past few years.

          • David

            I guess and you have been all over his rooster since college Im guessing.

          • Brandon Meyers

            The real question is why on gods green earth would Chris Johnson sign to be a backup with the Dallas cowboys. He’s gonna sign a pretty decent contract somewhere to be a starter

          • JoeDaBeast

            Cock-a-doodle-do!!!

  • Brandon Meyers

    Picked Felix jones at 22. Why would they pick him at 25. Idiot. Piss poor research and writing.

    • JoeDaBeast

      Before you jump to name calling, maybe the Cowboys and the Titans interacted and the Titans revealed they were going to pick Johnson, which is why they went with Jones.

      • Brandon Meyers

        What? The cowboys had picks 22 and 25. Felix jones got picked at 22. They weren’t going to draft Another running back. Period. I think they even traded to 25 to make sure they got Jenkins after Talib went a few picks earlier.

        • JoeDaBeast

          You’re failing to realize that could have taken place BEFORE they picked Jones at 22. Damn I thought Cowboy’s fans were smarter!

          • Brandon Meyers

            That makes no sense. If I’m picking at 22 why would I call to the titans to see who they are picking at 24. It would make no sense. The point is if Dallas wanted Johnson they would have just picked him at 22, they wanted Felix jones. Jerry had a hard on for him because he was a Arkansas razorback. In hindsight they should have taken Chris Johnson, but your logic beyond that baffles me.

          • JoeDaBeast

            I know. :)

    • Ryan Ratty

      Brandon Meyers, maybe you should’ve finished reading the tweet. Dallas selected Mike Jenkins because the Titans selected Chris Johnson. Piss poor commenting.

      • Brandon Meyers

        The cowboys picked Felix jones at 22, and just signed barber to that huge contract. They weren’t going to pick another running back at 25, they needed a corner. Piss poor research and comment on my comment. If they wanted Johnson the cowboys would have and very well could have taken him at 22. Do you understand what I’m saying.

      • Brandon Meyers

        I understand you might not be a cowboys fan, but if you are going to write about them, at least get your reasoning and rational in line with what actually happened. I understand that tweet wasn’t yours. But you should have pointed out the tweet was inaccurate and Ian rappaport doesn’t remember correctly and was just throwing shit on the wall to see what stuck.