L.J. deal done in Cincinnati

It’s official.  Larry Johnson will become the latest football player with a troubled past to continue his career wearing a helmet that looks like a pumpkin that served as a machete sharpener.

Per a league source, the deal is done.

The terms aren’t yet known.  Under the labor agreement, Johnson will be able to keep any pay from the Bengals and the balance of his $4.55 million salary from the Chiefs.

28 responses to “L.J. deal done in Cincinnati

  1. If LJ can humble himself and submit to the role he’ll be expected to fill, he could end up with 12-15 carries a game. Benson/LJ could be very dangerous behind the Bengals big O-line.
    This is a boon/bust move. Props to Mikey Brown and ML for pulling the low-cost ($300k), high-reward trigger on this deal.
    Taking LJ off the market also prevents teams like Philly, Atlanta, New England and Washington from grabbing him.
    Not a lot to dislike.

  2. just when people were starting to believe in the bengals. maybe this move was to prevent the pats from getting him. the bengals very well could take the 2 seed in the afc behind the colts.

  3. I would of much rather seen the Bengals pickup DeDe Dorsey or Edgerin James.
    I just don’t see the benefit of adding a volitile guy like Johnson to a Bengals team that is finally clicking.. Maybe Marvin will give him the Chris Henry treatment?
    Good luck Bengals, hope this turd dosn’t ruin your season

  4. Great. Thats a win because it prevents New England or Baltimore or Indianapolis (surprising) not getting him. If L.J’s head is on straight, its great news, since Benson went down with that hip flexor.

  5. See this is funny . Earlier when it was reported that Johnson wanted to play for the Steelers . All that was said it was typical that the Steelers would sign a troubled player that beats women .
    Now that the Bengals sign him where is all the outcry ? Talk about hypicrites . Bengals why dont you go out and sign Pacman Jones while your at it ? And if you need it i can get you Donte Stallworths agents number . Next season when he is reinstated you can get him too .
    LJ is a cancer . And you will find that out as well . I dont want to see anymore Benglas fans talking shit about our players . When it comes to troubled players you have taken clear contol of the #1 spot from the Raiders . Goodluck with it lol .

  6. Any truth to the rumor that the Bengals are bringing in Rae Caruth for a tryout?!?! Perhaps they can just check him into Cincy’s prison ward… Much props to the Bengals for improving their team this year, but do they really think they can keep progressing with a roster full of criminals?
    Sheesh!!!

  7. Lookout ladies of Cincinnati, he’ll be punching and spitting in no time. Don’t let him pair up with Chris Henry at the clubs.

  8. Other than the media backlash, I don’t see a downside. First time he frowns at a reporter he gets canned. He can be a beast behind a big o-line. Carson Palmer is the undisputed leader in that locker room and I guarantee you that they asked him if they should sign LJ. I have no proof of that other than the fact that everyone in Cincinnati knows that Carson is the man in that locker room. They told LJ “Keep your mouth shut, do your job, and we will try to get you deep in the playoffs or all the way, and if you behave, someone will give you a contract next year.”
    I don’t like LJ as a person based solely on his behavioral history, but with the league the way it is now a days, this is not a bad move. No team can take the moral highground anymore, especially not one with a few questionable types and the leagues dirtiest player. It would have been a real good move for any playoff bound team.

  9. @steeltownpride,
    Dumbest post I have ever seen you write. For a guy who seems intelligent, I must ask how many drinks you had before typing that. Your team isn’t full of community leaders either!
    For the record, I have mixed feeling on the pick up. It does take a guy off the market that might be running with a chip on his shoulder. On the other hand, its another guy looking to rebuild a career. With the Bengals having success on a few “come back” type players (Benson, D. Jones, B. Johnson, L. Coles, C. Henry, etc.), its concerning they keep taking that chance; eventually someone is bound to not work out.

  10. i don’t understand the downside to this… the Bengals have established themselves as a power offense and added a former all-pro power running back.
    Ced Benson leads the league in carries (including this week when he barely played)… this provides them depth and an insurance policy for benson.
    not sure why people are questioning this. if he accepts his role and provides depth for a stretch run, than it’s a great pick-up… no different than a baseball team picking up a bat to come off the bench in august…

  11. As a Bengals fan, I was skeptical at first, but like people have been saying, paying him the minimum means if he does anything that Cincy doesn’t like, they cut him.

  12. steeltownpride says:
    November 17, 2009 4:51 AM
    See this is funny . Earlier when it was reported that Johnson wanted to play for the Steelers . All that was said it was typical that the Steelers would sign a troubled player that beats women .
    ——————–
    Whats that Ben Rapeolsburger? Would you rather him poke her vagina instead of spitting on her?

  13. how do the commentors on here know that he’s a cancer i the room? how many have been in a locker room with LJ?

  14. steeltownpride says:
    November 17, 2009 4:51 AM
    See this is funny . Earlier when it was reported that Johnson wanted to play for the Steelers . All that was said it was typical that the Steelers would sign a troubled player that beats women .
    Now that the Bengals sign him where is all the outcry ? Talk about hypicrites . Bengals why dont you go out and sign Pacman Jones while your at it ? And if you need it i can get you Donte Stallworths agents number . Next season when he is reinstated you can get him too .
    LJ is a cancer . And you will find that out as well . I dont want to see anymore Benglas fans talking shit about our players . When it comes to troubled players you have taken clear contol of the #1 spot from the Raiders . Goodluck with it lol .
    ————————————————
    Welcome to our world. This team deserved the reputation it got and still has to put up with. So does your team. We don’t like it and you don’t like it. But don’t ever call a true Bengal fan a hypocrite in this regard. We have put up with this crap for years, and now you finally know what it’s like when a player with any kind of questionable behavior gets associated with your team. If it was a Bengal fan that made a comment like that regarding Johnson possibly to the Steelers, than that fan is a douche. Real fans of the Bengals know we can’t fling poo at other teams for signing questionable types. That is our albatross to bear with Mike “The Great Redeemer” Brown running the team.
    Like I said before, even though I don’t like him, this is a good signing for any team looking to make a playoff push. And it is actually real smart for the Bengals since he not only fits our scheme, he is off the market for someone else. First time for everything.

  15. steeltownpride’s a douche, good luck with Mendehall the rest fo the year. Oooohhh, if we just got to play them ONE more time, hahahahahahahahahaha.

  16. Steeltownpride said:
    “LJ is a cancer . And you will find that out as well . I dont want to see anymore Benglas fans talking shit about our players . When it comes to troubled players you have taken clear contol of the #1 spot from the Raiders . Goodluck with it lol .”
    LOL That’s not the only #1 spot we’ve taken over. LOL At least Big Ben will have more time this postseason to prepare for his rape trial.

  17. It seems like the Bengals realize that Benson wont be able to go 16-19 games carrying this team on his back in the running game. I think if LJ really buys into what this team is selling and works hard, we could see a tough running bowling ball which fits perfectly with how this team has played this year. A grind-it-out player who can wear teams out once its darn cold out.
    Overall, I think this team is on a mission. If they miss on the LJ signing I do not think it will hurt this team at all!

  18. “we could see a tough running bowling ball”
    Don’t get your hopes up Cinci fans. Try watching some Chiefs film the last couple years. LJ running style is anything but “tough”. As soon as the guy gets contact he falls down. It’s no coincidence that the Chief’s first rushing TD and 100 yard rusher came immediately after LJ left. He sucks. Can’t say he had a lack of attempts. He was in the top 5 in the league in attempts before they benched and cut his ass.

  19. Tell me,
    When is the last time a two time pro-bowler wanted out of a crappy team that was going nowhere and went straight to the Bengals for a playoff run?!
    LOL … I LOVE IT
    Upside= HUGE
    Downside= minimal
    We got lightening in a bottle. Watch out

  20. What a great pick-up. KC just did not have the O-line, receivers, or QB to do justice to Johnson.
    He is now in a much better situation, and it will show.
    It’s just sad that KC still has to pay him, and got nothing in return in terms of compensation.
    But the Bengals are now ready to make a SB run. No doubt.

Leave a Reply