Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs with the ball to score a touchdown as Houston Texans safety Shiloh Keo (31) attempts to tackle during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Texans 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Although many NFL free agents have landed comfortably in their news homes, the rumor mill continues to swirl surrounding the guys who are still available, and one of the big names on the market is former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. With that in mind, there is one credible source who reportedly believes that Johnson could potentially find his way to the Atlanta Falcons.
Jim Wyatt, who covers the Tennessee Titans for the Tennessean, reports that his “favorite” landing spot for Johnson would be in Atlanta, and this is an interesting thought. Obviously, the Falcons have two quality running backs in Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, but in all fairness to Jackson, neither of them is established as a “no-doubt” elite option at this point in their respective careers.
The 28-year-old Johnson is reportedly set to be released by the Titans during the off-season as they seek to go in a different direction, but because he is relatively young, there is reason to believe that he could be effective. Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards (3.9 per carry) and 6 touchdowns last season, surpassing 1,000 for the sixth consecutive season, and prior to that, Johnson topped 2,000 yards during an All-Pro season in 2009.
There are big-time fit questions in my mind, and we have no idea what Johnson’s asking price is at the moment, but if the Falcons have the flexibility, it is at least conceivable that Thomas Dimitroff and company could get involved.
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