The Philadelphia Eagles are on the Search for a Veteran Running Back and Believe Chris Johnson could be their Man.
The Eagles were hoping to sign 4x Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, but Charles elected to sign with the Denver Broncos on a 1-year deal last week.
There is no questions the Eagles needs a running back for 2017, with Ryan Mathews neck injury is more serious then first thought and it is understood that the Eagles will release him within the coming weeks.
The Eagles do have Wendell Smallwood, but he also is coming off a significant knee injury and will need to be given time to get back to full fitness. That leave Darren Sproles, but at 33-years old he isn’t an ever-down back.
The Eagles did manage to select Donnel Pumphrey in the Draft but will need work before he begins to take reps fulltime for the Eagles and is expected to have a red shirt year in 2017.
So that leaves the Eagles with few choices on the free agent roster, with LeGarrette Blount deciding between Detriot Lions or New York Giants, the Eagles feel former Cardinal. Chris Johnson is a viable option.
Chris Johnson put up massive numbers in his first 6 years in the NFL for the Titans, consistently running for over 1000 yards in each season and in 2009 (2nd Season in the NFL) managed to eclipse the elusive 2000+ yards per season.
After a year with the Jets, Johnson agreed to a 2-year, $4 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson was having a great season and was in the top three in rushing yards for more than half of the season, looking like his great past performance in Tennessee.
Johnson suffered a fractured tibia during the Week 12 match-up against the San Francisco 49ers, which, he was then placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return list. Johnson finished the 2015 regular season with 196 carries for 814 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Johnson found himself again on injured reserve after four games in 2016 with a groin injury. With the emergence of David Johnson in Arizona, Johnson’s role shrank dramatically and the Cardinals did not re-new his contract and now finds himself on the free agent list at 31-years old.
It is understood that both parties have been keeping an open discussion, but are yet to come to agreement on a deal.