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Bengals formally announce arrival of Larry Johnson

As expected, the Bengals have announced the acquisition of running back Larry Johnson.

Defensive tackle Orien Harris drew the short straw.  He was cut to make room for Johnson.

Johnson will meet the media at 3:00 p.m. ET.  Hopefully, he won’t behave like he did the last time he was in the presence of reporters.

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15 Responses to “Bengals formally announce arrival of Larry Johnson”
  1. thekillerkeller says: Nov 17, 2009 1:47 PM

    This is a smart move for the Bengals, assuming Johnson is only an ‘insurance policy’. Ced Benson is hurt and if they don’t have to play him for three weeks and can run Scott and Leonard or even LJ, that’s fine. I think the concentration now would be how far will the Bengals go in the playoffs.

  2. Nevisyakker says: Nov 17, 2009 1:59 PM

    Cinci is one of the best stories of the year and seemed to have put some internal issues behind them and are finally playing together and playing well. I know LJ has some talent, but is a player with a “me first” attitude, as well as a history of problems that have ruined that all important “team chemistry” thing, really what is going to give the Bengals an edge? It seems like a lot of risk for not that much reward.
    Then again, everyone said a lot of the same things about Benson when he was available last year and he seems to be doing everything right.

  3. Ollie says: Nov 17, 2009 2:15 PM

    Benson and Johnson both have a “Me first” attitude. I can see this being trouble down the road. But then again its the Bengals and they can’t stand success for to long.

  4. realityonetwo says: Nov 17, 2009 2:16 PM

    I don’t think they let players who will only be “insurance policies” hold a press conference…

  5. shaunypoo says: Nov 17, 2009 2:18 PM

    Seems to me like no risk for alot of reward. Pro-rated league minimum for a former All-Pro. He could bust out and be a beast to timeshare with Benson or for him till he is healthier, or he farts in Carson’s locker and gets cut. He misses the trash can when he spits his gum out and they can cut him. What is the risk? One negative word and he is gone, and probably no other team would want him, even if the Bengals finish great this year. Last chance, sucker.

  6. Crip2knight says: Nov 17, 2009 2:20 PM

    Yea ah why can’t NFL fans remember that winning cures all! Look at the Ocho he was a malcontent he saw Bengals management get serious with drafting, trades, cuts and a Hard Knocks program and winning is making this all work. Remember when the Bengals let Cory Dill-wad go? He was a cancer, a malcontent then went to New England was not a cancer… why??? They were winning. Come on people get a perspective!!! This is a Big Win Win for the mighty awesome Cincinnati Bengals!

  7. CapsLockKey says: Nov 17, 2009 2:27 PM

    “Then again, everyone said a lot of the same things about Benson when he was available last year and he seems to be doing everything right.”
    At least Benson had some upside and was young. LJ is all but done. Even if LJ is a choir boy he doesn’t bring much to this team.

  8. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Nov 17, 2009 2:43 PM

    LJ brings a work-horse back type to add depth to the bengals. Leonard is a converted fullback turned 3rd down specialist. they drafted scott to be a change of pace back rather than a bruising runner. the press conference is going to be lj saying he’s sorry yada yada yada, he’s happy to have a second chance. i love that marvin said he’s gonna do what back ups do, work their tails off and contribute to the kicking game. i said it before, getting cut didn’t humble lj. being last on the depth chart won’t humble lj. running up and down the field to cover kicks will humble lj. i agree with those who say low risk big reward. and to those who say the bengals can’t stand success too long, steelers fan?

  9. chapnasty says: Nov 17, 2009 3:07 PM

    LJ is certainly not a workhorse. What he did 3 years ago reflects nothing on how he plays now. If anything he is an emergency back good for 3-5 carries a game. And at that rate look for him to contribute 6-10 yards per game.

  10. jwill007 says: Nov 17, 2009 3:18 PM

    “Benson and Johnson both have a “Me first” attitude. I can see this being trouble down the road. But then again its the Bengals and they can’t stand success for to long.”
    Ignorance is bliss for fans that do not read to get an idea on the MATURATION and TRANSFORMATION of a player….How bad is the risk???? FANS???? We have Dhani Jones, Roy Williams(IR but he still be there) Andy Whitworth, Bobbie Williams, Tank Johnson, Cris Crocker ALL ARE STRONG HEAD VETS that will put him in his place if he challengers the locker room…….LJ knows he doesnt have too many options left after NE, INdy Pitt and many other teams past on him……I can already see him now running for 150 on the Chiefs and telling them -uck u……LOL

  11. FumbleNuts says: Nov 17, 2009 4:10 PM

    “Benson and Johnson ” should both thrive in the backfield at the same time behind the steller O-Line of the Bengals.

  12. Eazy E in KC says: Nov 17, 2009 4:25 PM

    Crip2Knight wrote: Yea ah why can’t NFL fans remember that winning cures all! Look at the Ocho he was a malcontent he saw Bengals management get serious with drafting, trades, cuts and a Hard Knocks program and winning is making this all work.
    I’m sorry, I am wondering if you’re paying attention to the Bengals Ochocinco this year. Sure, he’s stopped running his mouth like he used to, but he’s still the biggest attention whore in the league. He’s good, but he isn’t a role model for the NFL.
    Now you have 2 divas on the team.

  13. Hovenaut says: Nov 17, 2009 5:23 PM

    And on 12/13/09 the Bengals will formally announce the departure of one Larry Johnson.
    That locker room just got a lot smaller, I don’t see how this could last. Bengals have a good thing going, don’t understand the need to pickup this a$$.

  14. Trox says: Nov 17, 2009 5:57 PM

    # realityonetwo says: November 17, 2009 2:16 PM
    I don’t think they let players who will only be “insurance policies” hold a press conference…
    See Philadelphia Eagles; Michael Vick.
    I hope dude gets acclimated and runs some people over while keeping Ced fresh for the playoffs.

  15. Leto_II says: Nov 17, 2009 10:24 PM

    How come nobody realizes that LJ is a washed up tailback? LJ hasn’t been good in about 4 years. He was obviously a product of running behind a line with future hall of famers Will Roaf and Will Shields. He has never been the same since. Just like when Shaun Alexander’s production went south after Steve Hutchison left Seattle. And LJ is just like Alexander in that he got paid and once that happened, he quit running hard. Ask the Giants about Brandon Jacobs and see what they say about him running hard now. I look forward to hearing about LJ punch a woman or spit in her drink.

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