Dec 22, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs the ball during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Johnson Makes a Lot of Sense for the Denver Broncos


The Tennessee Titans made official on Friday what many had seen coming for quite some time. The running back formerly known as CJ2K, AKA Chris Johnson, was officially released and is now a free agent, saving the Titans $6 million.

Over the course of the last three seasons, Johnson’s game has significantly deteriorated, and so has his value. He was slated to make $8 million this season and we all knew there was no way they were paying it. The going rate even for the top free agent running backs nowadays isn’t much more than $4 million.

I think Johnson will be lucky to get that.

Because of the market right now for running backs, and the fact that the Broncos need a veteran in the backfield to pair with Montee Ball, I think it makes a ton of sense for them to add Chris Johnson to the fold.

People can say what they want about Johnson but if he comes at a ‘fair’ price, meaning what Knowshon Moreno got or less, there’s no way the Broncos should pass on that opportunity.

Right now, you’re looking at going into the season with a pair of second year backs in Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson, as well as a third-year back and the guy in the doghouse, Ronnie Hillman.

I don’t view running back as a major area of need for Denver, but it’s a spot they could stand to add a veteran with the ability to contribute. They currently don’t have one of those. The Broncos also don’t have a ton of home run speed on the offense, as was evident last year. Demaryius Thomas has breakaway speed, but other contributors to Denver’s historic 2013 offense didn’t, at least in comparison. We saw on a couple of occasions what an athlete Julius Thomas is, and with Eric Decker now gone, his role will grow.

With Emmanuel Sanders now on the outside replacing Eric Decker, the Broncos have added at least a bit to their speed element offensively. I think getting a guy like Johnson who can provide you with 12-15 solid touches each game if need be could be a really smart move for John Elway and the Broncos.

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  • urownexperience

    We haven’t had speed in the backfield for some time now.

  • Armando Cuesta

    I could not agree with you more. I sincerely hope Elway n Co make a concerted effort to bring Johnson into the fold. If Moreno amassed the season stats that he did regularly facing 5 and 6 man fronts, imagine the numbers CJ can put up. And contrary to popular notion, Johnson is a pretty good pass blocker in the backfield, as rated by PFF….how else would he be the 3 down back that he’s been his entire career. I’m of the belief that entrusting the entirety of the running game and backfield pass blocking responsibilities into the hands of a duo of second year pros, and a third that is seemingly a waif….is risky at best.

    A Manning / Johnson combo in the backfield would be virtually unstoppable, and further create nightmarish matchups for any defense.

  • DJH

    Chris Johnson wants to be the man. He will not be the man in Denver. The Broncos drafted Montee Ball to be the guy this year. Johnson would not be a happy camper playing behind ball. Johnson is a diva running back. He wants the rock and the recognition.

    • Armando Cuesta

      Well, while I disagree w/ your assessment and actually think it would be highly beneficial to both parties, the fact still remains….we need SOMEBODY with experience and who can produce. While Ball certainly shows promise, in only his second year, he’s never shouldered the load for an entire season. As a result, we REALLY don’t know what he’s capable of. And if he should get hobbled or hurt, where’s our depth? Are we putting that in the hands of a second year pro w/ a career total of 7 carries for 55yrds?…or in those of a waif (who cannot pass protect) perennially in coach Fox’s dog house?…or perhaps in the hands of whatever rookie we draft? Either prospects are light years from satisfactory!

  • POKER BUM

    Give it some thought. We need another back in place of Fumble Hillman. Hillie is too small and can’t hang on too the ball. Chris would be what Peyton needs for another great season and our chance at the playoffs. The present three backs have shown they are not good quality help. Chris is proven his ability and could be utilized in many different ways. CHRIS in & Hillman out. He’s no TD but CJ would be in a new scheme better than what he left.