NFL Rumors: Should Denver Broncos Sign Chris Johnson?

We have seen on multiple occasions that the Denver Broncos have demonstrated an “all-in” mentality in their quest to win a Super Bowl championship. While Denver may have come up short in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks, John Elway wants to make it perfectly clear that the Broncos still expect to compete for the Lombardi Trophy in 2014 and beyond. Denver worked to shore up its defense, behind a record-setting offense that will remain much in tact, minus the losses of Knowshon Moreno and Eric Decker. While the Broncos did sign Emmanuel Sanders to hopefully replace Decker in some ways, they allowed Moreno to sign with the Miami Dolphins for small money on a one-year deal. It may have made sense to hold on to Moreno, at least for one more season, while Montee Ball continues to hopefully improve. But, if they could get him for a one or two year deal worth around $8 million, should the Broncos sign Chris Johnson to improve an already dangerous team?

We all know what Johnson brings at this stage of his career. After so many carries early in his career, Johnson is simply no longer the same player that earned the moniker, CJ2K. He is best served a part of a two-back system, as he still possesses the speed to break off a long run at any point in a game. Take into account that he played with a Tennessee Titans team that did not scare anyone against the pass, and Johnson should certainly benefit from a change of scenery.

Following his expected release on Friday by the Titans, rumors are already surfacing that the New York Jets may express the most serious interest in signing Johnson. SI.com is also reporting that the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and others may make sense for Johnson. Personally, I think that pairing Johnson with Ball would give the Broncos a nearly unstoppable offense, much like it was in 2013. Throw in an improved defense, and the Broncos would have to once again be considered favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLIX.

 

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Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.