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Ravens sign the cornerback named Chris Johnson

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We thought about making the headline read “Ravens sign Chris Johnson” and then opening with a joke about how it isn’t that Chris Johnson.

You probably wouldn’t have laughed, though. It really isn’t that funny when you take the five seconds to realize that there’s no way that the Ravens would be signing the running back named Chris Johnson in the first place.

It’s the cornerback named Chris Johnson and the Ravens announced that he’s signed a contract to join the team. Johnson was with the Raiders last season, but suffered through a season filled with physical and emotional pain. Johnson missed time early in the year with injury and then missed the final chunk of the season on the non-football injury list after his mother and sister were shot in Texas. Johnson’s sister died as a result of her injuries, but Johnson’s mother survived. Johnson was released by the Raiders, with whom he spent five years, in March.

He’ll give the Ravens some extra depth in the secondary with Jimmy Smith hindered by a groin injury. Johnson, a 2003 seventh-round pick by the Rams Packers, has eight interceptions in 72 career games.

The Ravens made room for Johnson by placing running back Bobby Rainey on injured reserve with a knee injury. Rainey had been on the active roster for the last few weeks, but never saw any game action.

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14 Responses to “Ravens sign the cornerback named Chris Johnson”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Nov 13, 2012 3:43 PM

    Good luck CJ!!!

  2. steelersownyou says: Nov 13, 2012 3:50 PM

    Now this guy gonna suffer through more physical and emotional pain. Its called the pittsburgh steelers. Wow ravens are getting desperate! What a sad team. Their fans make fun of steelers barely beating the chiefs. Meanwhile ratbirds beat chiefs this year 9-6. Bunch of hypocrites!!!

  3. chefgoldblum says: Nov 13, 2012 4:02 PM

    Chris Johnson was drafted by the Packers, not the Rams. Another great Mike Sherman draft pick.

  4. mullman76 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:11 PM

    Good luck Chris.

  5. cereal blogger says: Nov 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    Classy move by the Raiders to cut this kid before giving him a shot to rebound from something like that…what the ??? Welcome to a stand up org CJ, good luck to you !

  6. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:38 PM

    He’s gonna pick off Lefty and take him to the house on Sunday night #PurpleReign

  7. dunnd4d4 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    Ravens beat Chiefs 9-6 on the road. We would have killed them at the bank. Check on those Oakland raider numbers real quick.

  8. ravenator says: Nov 13, 2012 5:20 PM

    Wait, didn’t the Raiders beat the Steelers?

    Oh ya, and they were Tebowd. How pathetic can one team be?

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 13, 2012 6:04 PM

    CJ was the biggest playmaker in the Raiders secondary IMHO. Our front office??? Not quite sure what they’re doing.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 13, 2012 6:45 PM

    “And Cundiff’s kick goes wide right” another case of the ravens choking in January . Pathetic ….

  11. oldirtyman says: Nov 13, 2012 6:50 PM

    Wait, the Steelers have won 2 superbowls since the Browns moved to baltomore, what is ur point?

  12. jlb10 says: Nov 13, 2012 8:09 PM

    the guy needs to learn some more ball skills. he can stay with and cover most guys. the problem is he is there with the guy just needs to get his head around a bit or a bit sooner to make the play.
    he went through alot last year. sad story about his family. good luck cj!

  13. raiderapologist says: Nov 13, 2012 10:16 PM

    cereal blogger says: Nov 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    Classy move by the Raiders to cut this kid before giving him a shot to rebound from something like that…what the ??? Welcome to a stand up org CJ, good luck to you !
    ————
    “The kid” is 33, and the Raiders paid him for about five seasons. He could run with anyone, but routinely got beat inside. The Raiders didn’t cut him because his family got shot up, dumbass.

  14. rasalghoul says: Nov 14, 2012 4:34 AM

    I remember when he was drafted, huge upside for a late rounder since he was one of the fastest players in the NFL at the time. Too bad he was more fragile than Mike Vick.

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