Nick Lesogor is the resident Fantasy Football analyst for Dirty Water News
Resume: 2010 Fantasy Football Champion (10 Team Standard League), 2x Playoff Team (2012-2013: 10-Team Standard League), 2x Playoff Team (2013-2014: 12-Team 1pt PPR League), 1x First Place Regular Season Finish (2015: DWN 12-Team Standard League)
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Free Agent Running Back Chris Johnson had a less than stellar year with the New York Jets in both real life football and the fantasy life many fans live 16 weeks a year. Splitting reps with Ivory of the same first name, the Chris’ combined to give the Jets a formidable one-two punch in the backfield. With that said, Chris Ivory led the team in yards on the ground (821) and over 40 more attempts over the course of the season. Ivory also had five more scores and double the first downs that Johnson had. To say that former Jets coach Rex Ryan preferred the younger, more explosive back over CJ?K is an understatement. All the talk going into the season for the 2014-’15 Jets was how they would lean on the run to set up the pass and it would be a two-headed attack. Only one of those rang true. If Chris Johnson can’t hack it in New York, where does he fit in?
It’s safe to say that the former first round pick (24th overall) to the Tennessee Titans hasn’t had a quiet offseason. He was involved in a drive by shooting in Florida in early March that killed one person and got Chris Johnson shot in the shoulder. For a player that had his option declined by the Jets after just one season into a 2-year, $8 million contract. If the New York Jets wanted nothing to do with the former 2,000 yard rusher, who will??
With everything the New England Patriots went through with Aaron Hernandez to rookie OT La’el Collins going un drafted after being labeled as a can’t-miss 1st rounder in this years draft because of a looming murder investigation he’s involved in (though he’s not known to be a suspect), it’s clear teams are trying to stay away from players with a checkered past. So why would the Dallas Cowboys, who have signed All-Pro DE Greg Hardy after he was released from the Carolina Panthers for domestic abuse and draft DE Randy Gregory after a myriad of off field issues. In addition to the players the blue and silver have already added with problems, they’re mentioned with every other team in the league to be in the running for the aforementioned La’el Collins. What’s that all mean for Chris Johnson? It’s simple. Even with DeMarco Murray flying to Philadelphia, Jason Garrett and Co. added Darren McFadden in Free Agency and still have Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar on their rookie deals. Although the team didn’t draft a running back, a RB entering age 30 that’s seen a drastic cut in play and when he’s been on the field, has looked far from stellar, there’s no doubt that Chris Johnson is no better than any other running back the team has on its roster currently.
You now know why the Cowboys shouldn’t sign Chris Johnson. But will they? If any team is stupid enough to do it, it’s the blue and silver star.