Per a team source, the Redskins are not interested in adding running back Larry Johnson, released by Kansas City on Monday morning.
Jim Zorn acknowledged during his press conference today that Johnson was brought up in a staff meeting but stopped short of saying there was an interest. He cited that the need is “immediate” in the wake of Clinton Portis’ head injury that could keep him out of Sunday’s game against Denver.
Really, this makes sense for the Redskins. It would be stupid for them to put in a waiver claim because that means they would absorb Johnson’s franchise running back-like contract. And if he cleared waivers, the Redskins don’t have a big need at running back because Ladell Betts filled in nicely yesterday.
It wouldn’t make sense for Johnson either. If he hits the open market and a team with realistic playoff hopes has a need, he can go there, sign a minimum salary contract (a la DeAngelo Hall here last year) and end the year with some of his reputation back.
If the Redskins do add a running back, it will probably be Quinton Ganther, who was cut last week to make room for an extra punter.
— Ryan O’Halloran