Is the running back position one the Dallas Cowboys need to address this offseason? It’s not one of their most pressing needs, and yet there is trade talk and free agency rumors swirling around Tennessee Titan’s running back Chris Johnson being a fit in Dallas. Here’s the breakdown:
Chris Johnson Loves Jerry Jones on Twitter
Take a good look at Chris Johnson’s Twitter account and you’ll see he’s following Jerry. It doesn’t look like Jones will reciprocate, as Jerry hasn’t been active on Twitter since April 29, 2011 and is only following three people. You can still see Johnson has some sort of interest with the Dallas Cowboys… or Jerry’s inactive account.
Johnson is scheduled to make $8 million next year, and unless he’s willing to take a pay cut (as was rumored when word first broke that Johnson was not going to be the Titan’s roster next year) there might not be room for him on the books in Dallas. That is unless Jerry and Co. can work some more cap magic, which most likely means more dead money in the future.
Riding Out the Storm
If a trade partner is not found, which doesn’t seem too likely right now, Johnson will be released. If Dallas is actually interested in him, it may be worth saving the potential draft pick they would have to give up and wait and see. If they can make do without future-HOFer DeMarcus Ware, then they will survive if Johnson is indeed traded to one of the other rumored suitors. Cross your fingers and hope Jerry doesn’t take a liking to the idea of Johnson pairing up with current starter, DeMarco Murray, or he’ll give up the farm to get him (Roy Williams anyone?).
Johnson is a workhorse of a back. He has the ability to chew up large chunks of yardage and has big-play capability. In his career, Johnson has never has a season where he rushed for less than 1,000 yards. But he’s always been the man, and how does that mentality fit-in with Dallas, where Murray is “the man”?
So do you think he’s worth the flier, whether it’s through trade or free agent signing? He’s a boom-or-bust back at this stage of his career, so it could really go either way.