Texans confirm they are not pursuing Larry Johnson

Well, that didn’t take long.

A few hours after we posted about some clashing national reports regarding Larry Johnson possibly landing in Houston, Texans G.M. Rick Smith has settled the matter.

“We took all the factors into consideration — football, off-the-field
issues, and we determined that it wasn’t a good fit for us at this
time,” Smith told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “We’ve got confidence in our
backs. When we come back from our open date, we expect big things out
of them.”

The Texans also considered Edgerrin James last week and passed on him.  In Johnson’s case, the team was concerned with harming the team’s good locker room chemistry.

Johnson will have to find another suitor, but Houston’s running back position isn’t settled.  Coach Gary Kubiak said he hasn’t decided who will start between Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats, and Chris Brown after the team’s bye. 

“It’ll be a day-to-day deal for me,” Kubiak said.

15 responses to “Texans confirm they are not pursuing Larry Johnson

  1. Completely agree with this assessment. There are a lot of young guys on the Texans’ squad, and you the risk of poisoning their minds with negativity that Johnson brings with him far outweighs the marginal gains of this aging back will bring for half a season.

  2. When you eliminate the really lousy teams (that could have claimed him and didn’t, plus he wouldn’t sign with one of them anyway until maybe next season), there are only a few logical places for him…………..and that’s assuming he’s willing to be a role player. The Giants could use him with Bradshaw running on a cracked foot to help rest Jacobs who’s not exactly setting the world on fire, the Bengals could use him because they have no depth behind Benson, the Bears could use him cuz Forte blows this year and they have no decent depth and even the Chargers could use him cuz L.T. is toast and Sproles is a third down back at best.
    Just my opinion, I could be wrong…….

  3. Nor should they be. Nor should any team with 3 or 4 living backs.
    I would take Samkon Gado over LJ. I would take Travis Minor. Or Chris Darkins. I would scout the local YMCA and look for someone with just a bit of speed and who knows how to keep his mouth shut. That local YMCA member would be more valuable than LJ.

  4. # Xpensive Wino says: November 10, 2009 10:50 PM
    When you eliminate the really lousy teams (that could have claimed him and didn’t, plus he wouldn’t sign with one of them anyway until maybe next season), there are only a few logical places for him…………..and that’s assuming he’s willing to be a role player. The Giants could use him with Bradshaw running on a cracked foot to help rest Jacobs who’s not exactly setting the world on fire, the Bengals could use him because they have no depth behind Benson, the Bears could use him cuz Forte blows this year and they have no decent depth and even the Chargers could use him cuz L.T. is toast and Sproles is a third down back at best.
    Just my opinion, I could be wrong…….
    The Bears wouldn’t touch this clown with a Redwood tree. No chance he goes to Chicago.

  5. I hope the SOB is forced out of the game. Then he can sit how and listen to his old man’s stories of past football glory while imagining what might have been for how own life if he wasn’t such a miserable, evil SOB.

  6. @tylerconway22:
    And definitely don’t doubt Schefter when it comes to anything Denver-related. Kubiak was in Denver when Schefter was covering the Broncos, and Adam has kept up those contacts. That being said, LaCanfora is a twit.

  7. Speaking of John McClain, does anybody else consider “Die Hard” a Christmas movie? Because I do.
    As for Larry Johnson: money don’t buy class patna. mayb u otta spend mo time wurkin and less time cakn and spittin in bitchez facez. and buyin giant hatz.

  8. fahlen says:
    November 10, 2009 10:38 PM
    Completely agree with this assessment. There are a lot of young guys on the Texans’ squad, and you the risk of poisoning their minds with negativity that Johnson brings with him far outweighs the marginal gains of this aging back will bring for half a season.
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    I absolutley agree wit this post. Texans already tried the Ahman Green project and they have two old Titans RB’s (Chris Brown and Chris Henry) on the team as well. Enough of other teams left overs that rea injured and/or 30+. Texans are awesome @ drafting good talent but are terrible with free agency moves. What ever happened to Arian Foster??? Dial him up from the practice squad…he’d be an awesome short yardage RB. With Daniels out on IR, they should have an empty roster spot

  9. This helps explain why Houston is such a terrible franchise. They do have 3 backs already perfectly capable of fumbling the ball. lol. Houston your a joke!

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