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Morning Update (Sign LJ Edition)

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San Diego has quite the jump on us as far as signing draft picks. I'm not particularly worried about our three remaining draft picks that haven't signed. They will sign eventually and this negotiation process has become part of the nature of the NFL. Guys want to get paid as much as possible and its apparent that's true when guys sign with certain agents. I understand Larry Johnson's need to get paid a lot of money. He's not exactly valued in the trade market as the no. 2 running back in the NFL, which is unfortunate for him and the Kansas City Chiefs. That means that LJ is looking to get the major contract of his career right now. And you still can't blame the guy. The Chiefs should pay him but not break the bank and mortgage our future ala Trent Green's contract that had him getting paid over $7 million when he was 37 years old (I know the contracts can go both ways). Larry Johnson will be one of the few running backs to buck the 370 carry then bust trend. I believe he has that competitive edge and drive necessary to do so. The guy doesn't have that much wear on him either. LaDainian Tomlinson has 500 carries more than LJ and there is no talk of his decline.

Larry Johnson is 27 years old and in the prime of his career. Don't let him get away.

Year Team G GS Att Yds Avg Lg TD 20+ 1st
2003 Kansas City Chiefs 6 0 20 85 4.3 15 1 0 5
2004 Kansas City Chiefs 10 3 120 581 4.8 46 9 4 34
2005 Kansas City Chiefs 16 9 336 1750 5.2 49 20 15 97
2006 Kansas City Chiefs 16 16 416 1789 4.3 47 17 10 91
TOTAL 48 28 892 4205 4.7 49 47 29 227