Denver Broncos to sign Chris Johnson? Johnson fills need with departure of Knowshon Moreno to Miami [VIDEO]
It's a move that not only makes perfect sense, but would also be part of an arms race competition that has taken place this offseason with the New England Patriots.
NFL.com is reporting that the Denver Broncos have become an "under-the-radar" suitor for free-agent running back Chris Johnson.
The Broncos just lost running back Knowshon Moreno to the Miami Dolphins and did not show a tremendous amount of confidence last year to either Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman in the Broncos backfield.
NFL.com added that coach John Fox likes to use veteran running backs in the backfield. Johnson has been one of the league's most productive in the last six seasons.
Johnson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in all six of his NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He has amassed 7,965 yards during that span, rushing for 2,006 yards in 2009 when he was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
He was scheduled to make $8 million this season with the Titans, who decided to release him instead. The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons are considered the franchises with the most interest but at a much lower rate.
But the Broncos could offer Johnson the best chance to succeed. Denver opponents probably won't be stacking the box to stop Johnson when his backfield mate is 2013 NFL Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback Peyton Manning.
Manning's ability to get the ball to multiple dangerous targets downfield should give Johnson a lot of running lanes to look at if he decides to talk to the Broncos.
But Manning likely would drill Johnson until he was well-versed in the offense, and the Tennessean already reported that the Titans management questioned his work ethic.
The NFL.com added that Johnson should be prepared to take a pay cut, wherever he lands, but he could regain his stature if he helps push the Broncos back to the Super Bowl.
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