Should The St Louis Rams Sign Chris Johnson?


Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, the Tennessee Titans released running back Chris Johnson after 6 seasons in Nashville. Now he is a free agent and his former head coach Jeff Fisher is in St. Louis where the Rams maybe looking for a second running back to take some of the load off of Zac Stacy.

So should the St Louis Rams sign Chris Johnson?


Now we could talk about the realities of signing Chris Johnson like salary cap implications and his role on the team. However, from a strictly football standpoint, it would be the obvious choice.

He is a proven commodity. He has rushed for almost 8,000 yards in his career. Even if he is not the feature back, he can be that home run threat that the St Louis Rams need in the backfield. Chris Johnson has 6 touchdowns runs of 80 yards or more. More than Adrian Peterson and OJ Simpson. He is also a very durable player, never missing a game in his 7 year career. The Tennessee Titans were not a very good team last season. Jake Locker was not an effective enough quarterback to where teams wouldn’t allow the space Chris Johnson needed to be an effective running back.

The Rams need a playmaker like Chris Johnson so they can compete in the NFC West. You can’t keep rebuilding while the other teams in the NFC West are reloading. They have the difference making talent that the Rams don’t have. The Rams need to counter punch by obtaining a difference maker so that they can win those division games.

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