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Oakland Raiders Will not Be Interested in Released RB Chris Johnson

April 4th, 2014 at 11:09 AM
By Nicholas Gill

Friday is usually a day where Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie gets business done. He has signed numerous players this offseason on Friday including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, defensive linemen Antonio Smith, cornerback Tarell Brown and safety Charles Woodson. However, do not expect McKenzie to show interest in recently released running back Chris Johnson.

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The Tennessee Titans released Johnson today, giving him the option of exploring the free agent market. While there will be a market for him, the Raiders will not be an option. Oakland already has five running backs on their roster. The team brought back Darren McFadden and signed Jones-Drew to carry the rushing load in 2014. They also have second-year man Latavius Murray to work into the rotation despite missing all of last season with an ankle injury. Kory Sheets and Jeremy Stewart will also compete for a roster spot. With so many bodies at running back, Johnson makes little sense for Oakland.

The Raiders will already have a hard time finding carries for all the backs they have under contract. McFadden and Jones-Drew are feature backs, who need the ball to be effective. Johnson would be another player considered a feature back, who needs carries. McFadden and Jones-Drew are in prove it years, where they will need to stay healthy and productive to determine their future prospects. Johnson would add a third running back that has much to prove in the league. Johnson is coming off a diminished three years where his production has wavered. He is still a valuable back, just not for the Raiders.

Johnson has never had less than 1,000 yards in a season since entering the league six years ago. He will be looking for a situation where he can be a number one back and prove he still has something left in the tank. That opportunity is not in Oakland. He also will command a decent amount of money to attract him. The Raiders have around 12 million dollars in cap space left. It would require a chunk of that to bring him in as his salary for this season would have been 8 million dollars. The Raiders have a cluttered and talented backfield already, so Johnson does not fit into their plans. 


Tags: Chris Johnson, Football, Latavius Murray, Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Reggie McKenzie, Tennessee Titans

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