Chris Johnson’s agent has reached out to the Dallas Cowboys in the hopes of striking a deal.
The running back has been without a team since declining the second year of his contract with the New York Jets in February this year.
Now the three-time Pro Bowler’s agent has made contact with the Cowboys to get him on a team for next season according to NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.
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This rumour of Johnson joining the Cowboys has been going round since May when the running back sent a message to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying ‘holla at me’ on TMZ.
The Cowboys might need the former 2,000-yard rusher too. They currently only have recognisable running backs in Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden on their roster since the departure of DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles.
McFadden looks like a fine replacement for Murray, but with his injury history, Johnson might be a viable option if things go downhill in that position. He could do very well behind the well-structured offensive line of the Cowboys.
However, Johnson isn’t the player he used to be. He hasn’t been that productive on the field in recent years ever since that famous 2,000+ rushing yards season in 2009 where he earned the nickname ‘CJ2K’.
In that year, he earned 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns from 358 attempts.
His worst season in the NFL came last year with the Jets, where he only managed 663 rushing yards and one touchdown from 155 attempts. Coming up to the age of 30 now and his poor form too might be why the Cowboys don’t go for him.
Comparing Johnson’s career with McFadden’s, Johnson comes out on top. He may have posted career low stats last year with the Jets, but he did have on average 4.3 yards per carry. This is higher than McFadden’s average of 3.4 yards per carry with the Oakland Raiders, so this is an appealing factor to acquire CJ2K.
Johnson could be a solution down the road if things go pear shaped, but for the meantime, the Cowboys should stick with McFadden as he can perform behind their good offensive line this year so long as he stays injury-free.