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Chiefs officially cut L.J.

As reported first right here, the Chiefs have officially cut running back Larry Johnson.

Here’s the full text of the release:  “The Kansas City Chiefs released RB Larry Johnson on Monday.  In 75 games (55 starts) with Kansas City, Johnson rushed
1,375 times for 5,996 yards (4.4 avg.) with 55 touchdowns.  He also registered 151 receptions for 1,369 yards (9.1 avg.)
with six TDs.  He concluded his Chiefs career with 30 100-yard rushing games and also added two 100-yard receiving
games.

“Johnson established an NFL single-season record with 416 rushing attempts in 2006 when he set a franchise
single-season mark with 1,789 rushing yards.  He originally entered the league as the Chiefs first-round selection (27th
overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Penn State.”

As previously explained, he’ll now be exposed to waivers.  But unless someone wants to absorb his prorated $4.55 million base salary and $60,000-plus per-game roster bonus, he’ll clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent.

Johnson also will be entitled to collect the balance of his base salary as termination pay — and to keep any money he makes if someone else signs him.

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58 Responses to “Chiefs officially cut L.J.”
  1. Cleveland Sucks aka Philly Sewer Rat says: Nov 9, 2009 10:43 AM

    I’m calling it now….The Chargers will sign him.

  2. Marvin Berry says: Nov 9, 2009 10:44 AM

    Good riddance punk. No Chiefs all-time rushing record for you!
    Best move Pioli has made since he got to Kansas City.

  3. J says: Nov 9, 2009 10:44 AM

    He would be a good fit in Houston or New England.

  4. Emoney says: Nov 9, 2009 10:47 AM

    Please take Ryan Grants job. I can’t stand much more of Grant running into the back of lineman.

  5. DonTerrelli says: Nov 9, 2009 10:50 AM

    We’ll see him here in DC real soon since Portis got his bell rung yesterday and has “lost his step” some say

  6. raybin says: Nov 9, 2009 10:51 AM

    Wonder if the Mangina would be willing to take a flyer on him. He might work as a power running contrast to MJD in Jacksonville.
    And let’s not rule out Seattle: this is the team trying to go forward with Julius Jones as a #1 back.
    My guess is he’ll find work for the rest of the season somewhere. But next year? Doubtful, except at an extreme pay cut.

  7. Xpensive Wino says: Nov 9, 2009 10:52 AM

    Great move for the Chiefs and I hope he rots, but the reality is that a dumb, arrogant, narcissistic piece of sh** like Johnson will be rejuvenated and thrive if he gets picked up by a good/winning team. They wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole, but Indy could use him. If Vick got another chance, Johnson will get picked up.

  8. rockotica says: Nov 9, 2009 10:55 AM

    great move by pioli and co. way to show the team that lj’s calling out of the coach is not welcomed. also, he wasnt any good anymore. that kinda matters these days. if u cant play, u cant stay. whatever teams picks him up will end disappointed, he has nothing left! no patriot logo or whatever help get larry his legs and balance back.

  9. jecates says: Nov 9, 2009 10:56 AM

    He’s a running back that will be 30 in a couple weeks, and has already shown a decline in ability. Combine that with an apparent attitude problem, and I doubt he gets signed anywhere – certainly not off waivers. Possibly someone will sign him as a backup for the veteran league minimum, but I wouldn’t anticipate any teams fighting over him, even after he becomes a UFA.

  10. WMH says: Nov 9, 2009 10:57 AM

    Bring that man to H-Town!

  11. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Nov 9, 2009 10:58 AM

    Watch the Eagles! They have all the cap space in the WORLD and they need a running back.

  12. fanman says: Nov 9, 2009 10:58 AM

    My prediction for LJ…..he will suck on any team he goes to, because….he sucks!! And I agree….best move Pioli has made to date.

  13. dmackerman says: Nov 9, 2009 10:59 AM

    Redskins will probably pick him up for no reason.

  14. max says: Nov 9, 2009 11:00 AM

    “Larry, there’s a Mr. Belichick on line one…”

  15. AirlineGuy says: Nov 9, 2009 11:00 AM

    Danny Boy Snyder will claim him or sign him.

  16. hayward giablommi says: Nov 9, 2009 11:01 AM

    If the Chiefs think that this is a bad guy who can’t run the ball anymore, and Pioli is running the ship there, no way in hell the Pats take a run at him.
    By the way, just because the Pats signed Randy Moss (who has been a model citizen in NE, btw), doesn’t mean that they’re going to make a run at every guy with a bad rap (underserved, or deserved, in the cases of LJ and Dog Drownin’ Ronny). Give it a rest

  17. jzimmpa says: Nov 9, 2009 11:02 AM

    Larry Johnson will be an Eagle.
    He is the power-back the Eagles have been looking for. With Westbrook’s head still hurting, and 3rd and 2 still being an issue.
    Johnson will be wearing number 25 or 37 for the Eagles by their next game.

  18. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Nov 9, 2009 11:03 AM

    Cleveland, Seattle or the Jets…
    And before anyone asks no, no relation to Larry here. But Keyshawn is my cousin. Next year I will be changing my last name to Ocho Cinco.

  19. BucsFan says: Nov 9, 2009 11:07 AM

    UFL here I come

  20. Otis Taylor 89 says: Nov 9, 2009 11:10 AM

    With LJ cut, how far behind is LT ? He’s more done than LJ – and that’s pretty done.

  21. Bill In DC says: Nov 9, 2009 11:13 AM

    I think people who are claiming the LJ is ‘the power back we’re looking for’ need to take a look at some KC film. LJ is a shell of his former self, he just doesn’t make many good runs anymore.
    I agree with the posters predicting that ‘The Danny’ will sign him. The Redskins are desperate enough and LJ is the type of has been, ‘name’ player that appeals to ‘The Danny’ (the ultimate jock sniffer).

  22. Nevisyakker says: Nov 9, 2009 11:17 AM

    L. J. is a complete scroat, and a lousy example of a human being.
    That being said, someone will sign him and he may pull a Cedric Benson and do fine on the field. That depends on what ever team he goes to having a quality O-line because he has proven he is pretty worthless without a big running lane.
    He is a mouthy, whiney, Me-First, creep with talent, a toxic personality, and marginal work habits. But as long as there is talent, someone will give him a shot.

  23. Mr. Green says: Nov 9, 2009 11:25 AM

    This was long overdue. LJ has been a noxious element that has polluted the Chiefs’ locker room for far too long. Bon Voyage loser!
    I’m sure there are some RB hungry teams out there that could use LJ and his 2.7 ypc. San Diego or Philadelphia anyone? But considering LJ’s penchant for falling down once he hits the line, I don’t think he could break through a chain of Christopher Street Boys in a game of Red Rover.

  24. ninjapleazee says: Nov 9, 2009 11:34 AM

    Eagles or Redskins would make sense… being east coast and closer to his dad maybe might whoop some sense into him. Eagles will probably sign him but then again Big Boy Snyder will sign him out of desperation.

  25. chapnasty says: Nov 9, 2009 11:34 AM

    Redskins, easy. They are who Harbaugh was talking about when he was describing what is wrong with the NFL.

  26. sim448 says: Nov 9, 2009 11:38 AM

    the pats will take a look at him. if he has anything left, i would expect the pats to sign him. he will not cause any issues in New England. There are too many leaders in that locker room. LJ needs a good offensive line and strong leadership, and NE has both.

  27. WMH says: Nov 9, 2009 11:44 AM

    Houston will be OK with a 2.7 ypc average. Most of the time on the goal line, we only need ONE FREAKING YARD!!!!!! He gets us 2.7, then we are 7-2…….

  28. jecates says: Nov 9, 2009 11:45 AM

    He had 21 TDs in 2005, 19 in 2006.
    In 2007, 2008, and 2009 combined, he has nine TDs and eight fumbles.
    He also had almost the same number of yards in 2006 (1789) as he has in 2007-2009 (1791).
    No TDs so far this year, his YPC is down to 2.7 (from 5.2 in 2005), and even yards per reception is down to 6.2 for the past three years (was 10+ in 2004-2006).
    I realize stats don’t always reveal everything, but this much data does paint a pretty clear picture – he’s past his prime, and there is likely no upside to him. I don’t understand all of you posting how he’s going to be snapped up, and you want your team to get him, etc. Nobody will pick him up off wiavers, and it’s not because he’s a problem child – it’s because he’s not good anymore AND he’s a problem child.

  29. hotchick says: Nov 9, 2009 11:47 AM

    Really? LJ is better then Betts. Not sayng Betts is all pro, but he got 75 yards last night.
    And what is Snyder desperate for, a 5 win season? What’s the point?
    Be interesting to see if anyone grabs the turd. But there are already a few washed up backs looking for work, so why bring on one with the turd factor.

  30. pfii63 says: Nov 9, 2009 11:48 AM

    Classy move by Pioli and the Chiefs to drop this loser.

  31. NachoBidness says: Nov 9, 2009 11:48 AM

    Johnson will be picked up and thrive. Mark my words. We’ll see what he can do behind a terrible o-line that can’t run OR pass block and a defense that forces his team to play from behind.

  32. Kiss Bills Rings says: Nov 9, 2009 11:51 AM

    LJ will make it through waivers & sign a 1 year deal with the Patriots with an option for a second year…it will be for league vetran minimum & the oppertunity to play for a superbowl team…..He wants to win & now will have that oppertunity….
    Bill will dictate the terms & if Larry is smart he’ll accept them with a smile….looking forward to seeing if he’s smart enough to take Bills deal…..

  33. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Nov 9, 2009 11:57 AM

    WHAT IS SAD ABOUT THIS SITUATION IS THIS….HE MADE A COUPLE OF INDIRECT COMMENTS ABOUT BEING GAY….SO WHAT…..ARE WE SO SOFT AS A SOCIETY THAT HOMOSEXUALS ARE A PROTECTED SPECIES NOW? I DONT REALLY CARE ABOUT THEM PERSONALLY BUT C MON…..HE WANTED OUT OF THERE AND ACCOMPLISHED THAT…HE HAS PLENTY LEFT IN HIS TANK….MUCH MORE THAN K.C. WHO IS A SHELL OF THEIR FORMER SELVES….GOOD LUCK L.J…..SHOW THEM WHAT YOU CAN DO ON A REAL TEAM……

  34. CornFlorio says: Nov 9, 2009 11:58 AM

    hayward giablommi says:
    November 9, 2009 11:01 AM
    If the Chiefs think that this is a bad guy who can’t run the ball anymore, and Pioli is running the ship there, no way in hell the Pats take a run at him.
    By the way, just because the Pats signed Randy Moss (who has been a model citizen in NE, btw), doesn’t mean that they’re going to make a run at every guy with a bad rap (underserved, or deserved, in the cases of LJ and Dog Drownin’ Ronny). Give it a rest
    _______
    How about YOU give it a rest, haywoodjablowtheentirepatsteam?

  35. oldpete says: Nov 9, 2009 11:59 AM

    If a team uses a man to man blocking scheme, LJ will be a good pick up. He did not see the field well with the zone scheme the Chiefs have tried to go with this year. He had success when he ran outside of the tackles but rarely did he do anything inside. He ran hard this year.
    He does some good things for fans and kids. He needs to avoid clubbing and attend some charm school but he can continue to do some great things on the field if he joins the right team.

  36. Leto_II says: Nov 9, 2009 12:04 PM

    LJ is just like many players before him that got paid and quit running hard. Brandon Jacobs and Shaun Alexanders are perfect examples of this. LJ is done. Nobody is going to pick up a big contract of a 30 year old RB who was so bad, the freaking Chiefs didn’t want him. Let’s think about that for second: He was so bad the Chiefs cut him!

  37. rolltide says: Nov 9, 2009 12:08 PM

    Because it would be interesting to see what LJ could do behind an even average O-line, I predict he’ll be signed by a team with an equally terrible line as KC. It’s how the football gods work.

  38. DocBG says: Nov 9, 2009 12:15 PM

    # Emoney says: November 9, 2009 10:47 AM
    Please take Ryan Grants job. I can’t stand much more of Grant running into the back of lineman.
    ——————————————————
    yes, please take grants job. It would be awesome to see a bad running game get even worse.

  39. boltmancraft says: Nov 9, 2009 12:24 PM

    OtisTaylor89, you’re an idiot. To even mention LT in the same sentence as Larry Johnson is ludicrous. LT is a sure-fire Hall of Fame-r, LJ is a flash-in-the-pan malcontent. Pull your head out.

  40. HarrisonHits says: Nov 9, 2009 12:55 PM

    “New England.”
    The Pats won’t bother with this piece of trash. Players that have been unhappy with their teams is one thing, repeated domestic violence is another.

  41. durno99 says: Nov 9, 2009 12:55 PM

    The Packer idiots are all over the map trying to fix their team. If you honestly think LJ is better than Grant you are dumber than we all thought! LJ cannot save the Packers. You could but Peterson behind that mess of a line and it would not help. Unless Larry Johnson can play on the line, or become a GM overnight the issues will be there for a while. Quit embarrasing yourselves even more than you already do on a daily basis and quit reaching for cut players and excuses. Remember, the Chiefs don’t need him so why would you?????????? Hey Bob with 2 O’s…Where are you? Nice game yesterday…..Go BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. hayward giablommi says: Nov 9, 2009 1:02 PM

    CornFlorio says:
    “How about YOU give it a rest, haywoodjablowtheentirepatsteam?”
    ^^^^^^
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I think I’m going to pass though.
    Sorry.

  43. rockotica says: Nov 9, 2009 1:11 PM

    WHAT DONT U PATS FANS GET….lj does not want to win…he wants to get paid thats all he cares about ever. even if pats or philly sign him, its pointless, bc he cant run anymore, and has no motivation to get better. some players think about super bowl rings, lj thinks about the kardashians and purse strings.

  44. BasicInstinct says: Nov 9, 2009 1:14 PM

    boltman…..
    LT is kinda done ya know.
    LJ probably has a couple years left.

  45. kirt says: Nov 9, 2009 1:20 PM

    Chiefs can’t pass, can’t block, can’t tackel, Head coach not good, can’t catch a ball so how do you fix that? Fire the guy who can run the ball! We might get lucky and go 2-14

  46. Terry says: Nov 9, 2009 1:23 PM

    Boy did he luck-out!

  47. Detroiter says: Nov 9, 2009 1:43 PM

    Lions could use him :)

  48. Mountaindont says: Nov 9, 2009 1:59 PM

    Can he block? Signed Mike McCarthy

  49. prophet of the light says: Nov 9, 2009 2:07 PM

    Lesson to NFL players: If you start playing like garbage, you will get cut if you run your mouth.

  50. Tdk24 says: Nov 9, 2009 2:09 PM

    The Pats won’t bother with this piece of trash. Players that have been unhappy with their teams is one thing, repeated domestic violence is another.
    Belichick commited adultery, close enough right?

  51. brasho says: Nov 9, 2009 2:09 PM

    416 carries in 06 was his downfall. That is way too many carries for anybody to get. No RB that has had anywhere close to that number of touches has ever been same after that. Jamal Lewis, Jamal Anderson, Terrell Davis, and James Wilder all had seasons with excessive touches and never recovered their form.

  52. kirt says: Nov 9, 2009 2:13 PM

    So having no talent on a team is better??????????
    Thats why the Ceifs are in the basement, lack of talent and the good teams have plenty.

  53. Tdk24 says: Nov 9, 2009 2:15 PM

    “Bring that man to H-Town!”
    What the hell is that?

  54. purple hay-seuss says: Nov 9, 2009 2:15 PM

    durno99;
    Bobby Nelson is in detention. He gave the principal a list of every beer that each school board meeting has ever consumed plus a list of each glass of lemonade spilled at every PTA meeting since 1960. The details were incredible. Size of spill, in square centimeters, amount of time required to clean it, number of mothers that dove for the Formula 409, those that had also brought brownies and those wearing bras that looked like the ones in his worn out, stained Sears catalog. He’s that good.
    But with GB’s Halos all tarnished, and those Immoral Bastard Vikings in the driver’s seat for the NFC North in 2009, Bobby is deep into a new research project for his Statistics degree: How His Own Parents Produced A Being Possessed of Just Two Brain Cells:One for Cheetos and One for Boobs.

  55. Pantherfan10 says: Nov 9, 2009 2:42 PM

    Emoney says:
    November 9, 2009 10:47 AM
    Please take Ryan Grants job. I can’t stand much more of Grant running into the back of lineman.
    —————–
    You’d bench Grant in favor of another RB that runs in to the backs of lineman that is infact putting up much worse stats than Grant? Thats a big statment.
    I’m guessing he finds his way to Washington or the Iggles.

  56. Grulks says: Nov 9, 2009 3:18 PM

    purplepuzzyeatrz says: November 9, 2009 11:57 AM
    “WHAT IS SAD ABOUT THIS SITUATION IS THIS….HE MADE A COUPLE OF INDIRECT COMMENTS ABOUT BEING GAY….SO WHAT…..ARE WE SO SOFT AS A SOCIETY THAT HOMOSEXUALS ARE A PROTECTED SPECIES NOW?”
    I’m sure the decision to cut him had nothing to do whatsoever with the fact that 1) his production has tanked the past two years. 2) his propensity for committing assault against women (I guess he figured if he couldn’t beat NFL players, women were the next best thing) 3) torching his coaches with ignorant comments. It’s pretty clear that, despite all those things happening before the gay slurs, they didn’t influence the situation at all.
    It’s all over the DC radio stations that there’s already been discussions about bringing in LJ.
    This doesn’t make any sense to me: LJ isn’t the future for the skins, he’s a stop gap at best. So if they bring in LJ, are they going to cut Portis?? Do they think either Portis or LJ is going to be happy time sharing the HB slot??
    LJ has to be praying he clears waivers, because if he does then he can pretty much dictate where he -doesn’t- play (awful teams like Detroit, Skins, Tampa). I’m hoping like hell Detroit puts in a waiver claim, hahahah.

  57. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Nov 9, 2009 4:14 PM

    Maybe a fit in Oakland, what with the Cable Guy having the same proclivities and all. I’m just sayin’…

  58. Cardsfan81 says: Nov 9, 2009 4:32 PM

    This is quite a surprise to me. I’m stunned that Johnson was released with pay. While Johnson has anger management issue he will get a look after clearing waivers. This is one of the best things to happen to Johnsaon as he is allowed to get outta there and start over.
    On to football. Haley still is not a very good Head Coach and Pioli doesn’t impress as a personel guy to this point. Do the Chiefs win more after this move? Hell no. If Haley does not start to win games , he to will be following LJ outta town. The difference will be his exit will be with less fanfare and ridicule.

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