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Arrowheadlines Special Edition: Chiefs Release LJ (Updated)



2:20 EST Update: New stories added, including a piece from on potential landing places for LJ.

Here are a some of the things being said around the web in the wake of LJ's release.

The Chiefs released Johnson on Monday morning, two weeks after he made disparaging comments that got him suspended two weeks. Johnson's suspension was scheduled to expire today.

But it seemed during those two weeks that, regardless of his suspension time table, he would never again wear a Chiefs uniform. It just seemed like too much of a stretch. Johnson became the face of poor judgment in Kansas City, and his last time wasn't his first time. He and Kansas City seemed a bad fit from the start, and Johnson complained and called out coaches and asked to be sent somewhere else for years.

LJ is gone, and his legacy in Kansas City is sealed from The Red Zone

From KC Star: Larry Johnson’s career statistics

KC Star Photo Gallery: Larry Johnson

The Chiefs have released the unhappy running back, denying him the chance to break the team's all-time rushing yards mark. (He was 75 shy of Priest Holmes' record.) There really is no I in "public relations nightmare"team.

Larry Johnson Raises Kansas City's Unemployment Rate By One from Deadspin

This may be the first season where picking the NFL's worst team is far harder than selecting its best club.

As the second half of the season begins, Cleveland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Kansas City are all deadlocked at 1-7...

...But Kansas City perhaps has the best future looming among the 1-7 teams. The Chiefs have adopted the addition by subtraction theory, improving themselves by getting rid of Larry Johnson.

Halftime: Who has NFL's worst team? from USA Today

A league source predicted to that the Patriots will not pursue Larry Johnson once he clears waivers. Many observers have compared a potential L.J.-New England match to the Pats' 2004 acquisition of Corey Dillon, but Dillon was running with more power and speed at the time than L.J. has left. Johnson can only get what's blocked, is poor in pass protection, and would be a much bigger threat to locker room "chemistry" than Dillon was. He'll struggle to play before 2010. Larry Johnson: Patriots unlikely to pursue Larry Johnson from Rotoworld
Before it even becomes a discussion, let's end this one. Yes, the Seattle Seahawks running game needs help. But, no, the Seahawks do not need Larry Johnson, the former Kansas City Chiefs standout who was released Monday morning.

Released Chiefs' running back isn't Seahawks solution from Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Well, it can be because Johnson probably won't be out of work very long. Regardless, you waited this long to cut Johnson, wait a few more days to see where he ends up. I absolutely think there's an NFL team that will want Johnson, currently owned in 64.1 percent of ESPN leagues. Don't talk to me about ethics and morals and the like; this is the NFL, and talent always finds work. And yes, despite averaging a pitiful 2.7 yards per carry this season, it looked obvious to me since Week 1 that Johnson just didn't want to be on the dysfunctional Chiefs (don't even talk to me about how they foolishly broke down the carries sans Johnson in Week 9). The player wanted out. Now he's out. Don't ever underestimate how that can matter. There's value now.

Larry Johnson can still make fantasy impact from ESPN (full article is insider only)

He broke the Chiefs’ rushing record in both 2005 and 2006, following his 1,750-yard season with a 1,789-yard campaign. He was named to the Pro Bowl both years and an All-Pro in 2006.

Johnson failed to amass even half as many yards in any other season. He had a career-low 2.7 yards-per-carry average in 2009 with 358 yards through seven games for Kansas City, which yesterday fell to 1-7.

Johnson also was suspended for one week last season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for breaking rules of conduct.

He was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to two counts of disturbing the peace for separate incidents involving women at nightclubs, the Associated Press reported.

Larry Johnson Released by Chiefs Following Two-Week Suspension from

Johnson is almost certain to clear waivers, because a team that claims him would have to pay his salary of more than $2 million, which the Chiefs will pay if he is not picked up. But if he clears waivers and a team signs him, Johnson will still collect his salary from the Chiefs in addition to whatever he would make with his new team.

Among those teams that might be interested in signing Johnson are the Redskins, whose running back Clinton Portis sustained a concussion on Sunday. Coach Jim Zorn acknowledged Monday that they could sign another running back, and that the Redskins will discuss Johnson.

"A part of him is excited and a part of him is very regretful," Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told The Associated Press. "There’s a lot of feelings going on right now. It’s analogous to breaking up with a girlfriend. Maybe you saw it coming, but it still hurts when it happens."

Chiefs Release Larry Johnson from The NY Times


Johnson turns 30 on Nov. 19. He's averaging 2.7 yards per carry with no TDs this season. 

Yeah, he was a No. 1 draft pick in 2003. Yeah, he was 75 yards from breaking Priest Holmes' career franchise rushing record. 

But right now, he's a bitter, broken down running back on a 1-7 team. The fans in Kansas City don't want him breaking Holmes' record, and the Chiefs don't need a 30-year-old running back as part of their rebuilding project.

So, see ya, Larry. 

It will be interesting to see if anyone wants to take on Johnson's attitude at this point in his career. If indeed he has anything left physically, he would succeed only in a place where the coach is above reproach. Like a Bill Belichick in New England. Belichick doesn't turn down talent, no matter how it becomes available.

Chiefs had no choice but to dump Johnson from Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Coach Jim Zorn acknowledged Monday that the Redskins will have internal discussions about possibly adding waived RB Larry Johnson.

L.J. would be an awful fit in Washington, where the front five can't open holes for the ground game and tailbacks have to pass protect. Owner Dan Snyder loves big names, however, and L.J. probably wants to return to the East Coast. The Skins would have to pay $2.1 million to claim him off waivers.

Larry Johnson: Redskins could pursue Larry Johnson from Rotoworld

There are a handful of teams making a playoff push — or who hope to realistically make a playoff push — and someone from that group might go for it. Houston actually makes the most sense to me, given Steve Slaton’s fumbling issues. Ryan Moats had one big game, but as desperate as the Texans are to finally get into the postseason, I could see the allure. Green Bay recently brought back veteran Ahman Green, and Johnson should be in better game shape than he is (though Green knows the system better). As a backup to Ryan Grant, it could make some sense.

The Colts have been without rookie Donald Brown, and the run game has been very erratic. Johnson could be more of a bulldozer to at least try to get some tough yards in certain situations. Brian Westbrook’s concussion is a concern for the Eagles, and the NFC East typically becomes run dominated in the second half.  We know the Eagles are willing to take a chance on a guy (see, Michael Vick), though the degree of Johnson’s social rehabilitation remains in question.

Larry Johnson’s next stop? Possibilities abound from