The Kansas City Chiefs have released running back Larry Johnson.
In 75 games (55 starts) with Kansas City, Johnson rushed 1,375 times for 5,996 yards (4.4 avg.) with 55 touchdowns. He also registered 151 receptions for 1,369 yards (9.1 avg.) with six TDs. He concluded his Chiefs career with 30 100-yard rushing games and also added two 100-yard receiving games.
Johnson established an NFL single-season record with 416 rushing attempts in 2006 when he set a franchise single-season mark with 1,789 rushing yards. H e originally entered the league as the Chiefs first-round selection (27th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Penn State.
And with that the Jamaal Charles-Kolby Smith debate can begin!
Listen, I understand some people thought released LJ would send the wrong message. That somehow anyone that doesn’t like Haley will act up to get their ticket out of town. The problem with that logic is that this wasn’t the first time Johnson has run into trouble, as we all know. If he didn’t have a history he would have been fined — maybe suspended — and be back on the practice field today with the Chiefs. But he’s not and we’re all better for it.
From the moment all of these LJ shenanigans started this year I never wanted to see him back on the field for the Chiefs. I preferred the deactivation route, but I certainly won’t argue with how Scott Pioli and Todd Haley handled the situation.
I look forward to finally getting a full look at Charles and Smith against the Raiders.
It will be very interesting to see if a team will give LJ a chance this season. Maybe the Packers? Texans?
Or if you want to really think outside the box, how about the Oakland Raiders? Do they need a running back? Absolutely not. Has rational thought ever been a factor in anything the Raiders do? Absolutely not.