Larry Johnson To Visit With Washington

Former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is scheduled to visit with the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Two days after former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker visited with Washington, the Redskins are scheduled to host a visit Thursday with Johnson.

The Redskins have made it known around the league that they would like to sign a veteran back.

Johnson, whose production has declined in recent years, appeared in seven games last season for both the Chiefs and Bengals, carrying the ball 178 times for 581 yards.

NFL.com’s Jason La Confora is reporting Johnson will also visit Oakland this week.

Just like the Bengals did last year, someone is going to give LJ a chance to carry the ball.  I almost wonder if he would be better off with a team that has an young, established back instead of a veteran like Portis.

Not that a coach should feel all that comfortable having Johnson around to influence his younger players, but at this point in his career he can’t be counted on to carry the load for a team.  Portis has missed half of a season twice in the last four year and there’s no way to know how he will respond to the concussion that put him on the shelf last year.

The Raiders signing Johnson makes sense on many different levels.  First is obviously that they rarely — if ever — show they care about a player’s character.  Secondly, they have two young runners in Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.

LJ was born to be a Raider.

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