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Falcons have no interest in Chris Johnson

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The possibility of Chris Johnson landing in Atlanta disappeared almost as quickly as it emerged.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Falcons have no interest in the current (for now) Titans tailback.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean recently suggested the Falcons as a potential landing spot for Johnson, a first-round pick in 2008.  But while it’s likely Johnson will find a new home if/when (when) he’s released, that new home won’t be in Atlanta.

The Titans are expected to cut Johnson before the team’s offseason program opens on April 7.

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39 Responses to “Falcons have no interest in Chris Johnson”
  1. green41563 says: Mar 30, 2014 3:26 PM

    Well, that makes sense because they haven’t had a back as washed up as Johnson since Steven Jackson.

  2. wtfchiefs says: Mar 30, 2014 3:30 PM

    Someone needs to hurry up and sign him so we can get the annual CJ predictions of 2,500 yards and him telling everyone how he is faster than Usain Bolt.

  3. grimreaper12 says: Mar 30, 2014 3:31 PM

    Falcons need to beef up both lines and they’ll make the playoffs. I have them taking the Panthers spot.

  4. chc4 says: Mar 30, 2014 3:34 PM

    Falcons have beefed up the DL and signed Asomoah for one OG spot. After they go heavy OL/DL in the draft they should be much improved. Throw in a 4th-5th round RB to take over for SJax and I expect them to be back in the mix rather quickly.

  5. paulrinn says: Mar 30, 2014 3:39 PM

    No team will want to pay him 8mil a year, so a trade is out of the question. After he gets cut, he might get picked up by someone for a big discount, but if you’re a GM would you rather pay him 4mil a year or draft a rookie and pay him under a mil a year? Older/expensive legs or younger/cheap legs?

  6. jetsmmt says: Mar 30, 2014 3:40 PM

    Come to the Jets and run wild on the Pats terrible run D.

  7. 700levelvet says: Mar 30, 2014 3:42 PM

    What was the basis behind Wyatt’s “suggestion”? The old throw it to the wall and hope it sticks journalism? Seems that way since it’s been refuted so quickly ..

  8. eagleswin says: Mar 30, 2014 3:49 PM

    This is almost as bad as Desean Jackson. Reporters make up rumor of possible destination and get’s shot down.

  9. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 30, 2014 3:50 PM

    1) The price is wrong.

    2) The attitude is wrong.

    3) The one season wonder has already occurred.

    4) This risks far outweigh potential benefits.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 30, 2014 3:53 PM

    Chris Johnson’s agent should have a long time ago negotiated a convenient restructure to sucker the Jets into paying him less but still more than any other team offered. His agent screwed up and didn’t understand the market.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 30, 2014 3:55 PM

    Chris Johnson’s agent should have a long time ago negotiated a convenient restructure to sucker the Titans into paying him less but still more than any other team will offer after he gets cut. His agent screwed up and didn’t understand the market.

  12. thirdistheworrd says: Mar 30, 2014 4:20 PM

    No team is ever interested in anybody, until they are. And if they are interested in somebody, they frequently aren’t. Why does everything in the NFL have to be so tricky and under-the-table? It almost seems like all the teams are in constant competition with one another.

  13. SAV says: Mar 30, 2014 4:40 PM

    This guy would be tremendous on the Cardinals to pair with Ellington

  14. captainwisdom8888 says: Mar 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    I can see Chris Johnson playing for Arizona, Miami, or Cleveland. I myself would never employ this guy regardless of my situation. His effort isn’t always there…

  15. bennyb82 says: Mar 30, 2014 4:49 PM

    Chris Johnson’s great season came on a team with a QB that was a threat to run. I am not saying that is why he played so well, but it might be worth a shot.

  16. pftfan says: Mar 30, 2014 4:54 PM

    Why would any GM pay Chris Johnson $3-5M (assuming he takes this “discount”)?

    The second, third and fourth rounds of this year’s draft will be filled with a ton of RB depth, any of whom will cost a fraction of whatever some poor GM gives Chris Johnson and will likely generate more production.

  17. packersgreenbay says: Mar 30, 2014 4:56 PM

    Best days are behind him. lost a step. Can’t get the edge, to small to run up the middle. Still would make a good back up roll. Play him more in the 2nd half after the premier back has slowed the D down some.

  18. vegasgreek says: Mar 30, 2014 4:56 PM

    Raiders should get him and DJAX and draft WR Sammy Watkins. Then all the jealous haters will shut up for good.

  19. slobmykolb says: Mar 30, 2014 5:01 PM

    Ya because they aren’t smart enough to know it could be tampering to say they have interest. To definitely say Atlanta is not a possible destination is speculative and not fact.

  20. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 30, 2014 5:13 PM

    I’ve gotta think that with the RB market and rookie contracts the way they are now, a semi-used up, not so bright, me-first guy like Johnson will have some trouble finding a home.
    His lower production isn’t going to be worth the headaches for most teams.
    But some GM will take a flyer and look like an idiot.

  21. borisbulldog says: Mar 30, 2014 5:13 PM

    Do you mean come to the jets and help them miss the playoffs annually?

  22. rick630c1 says: Mar 30, 2014 5:47 PM

    I don’t remember hearing his name called much this past year but in all honesty I don’t follow the Titans either but am a Texan fan so I do see him a couple times a year. My question is: if released would a team benefit or not from “kicking the tires” on this guy, I really don’t know?

  23. realskipbayless says: Mar 30, 2014 6:29 PM

    Chris Johnson is a grade A bum

  24. axespray says: Mar 30, 2014 6:59 PM

    Maybe as a backup/rotational dude in San Fran or Seattle with Marshawn carrying the load.

    idk – dude sucks.

  25. bowdowntopeyton says: Mar 30, 2014 7:10 PM

    Why would anybody have an interest in a prima donna, look at me, diva, speaks English like an idiot tool like Chris Johnson?????

  26. reporterofthetruth says: Mar 30, 2014 7:37 PM

    CJ must be relieved knowing he isn’t headed to a 4-12 team.

  27. raoool says: Mar 30, 2014 7:45 PM

    I just want to take this opportunity to thank Chris Johnson for giving us all at least a brief distraction from the all DeSean all the time channel.

  28. jjackwagon says: Mar 30, 2014 7:53 PM

    CJ must be relieved knowing he isn’t headed to a 4-12 team.
    —————————————————
    That’s premature, he is just not going to THAT 4-12 team. I don’t see any good team taking a chance on him for anything more than the vet minimum, so if he wants to get paid…he’s going to a bad team.

  29. dryheaveone says: Mar 30, 2014 8:02 PM

    Belichick bides his time and gets ready to pounce…

  30. purpleman527 says: Mar 30, 2014 8:21 PM

    The Falcons can’t say they have any interest in CJ since admitting they have interest in CJ is tampering.

    Thus, the only public comment any team can make about CJ is that they have no interest.

  31. legasus233 says: Mar 30, 2014 9:38 PM

    I remember a time when people tried to compare CJ to Adrian Peterson…. silly.

  32. nattination says: Mar 30, 2014 9:43 PM

    I agree he should go to the Raiders. CJ2K, RunDMC, and MJD. Sounds like someone was cheating in Madden 2010.
    But seriously how many washed up, injury prone, and just about useless running backs does one team need.

  33. campcouch says: Mar 30, 2014 9:49 PM

    I got a good laugh. I read Florio’s first article about the falcon’s being interested,refreshed the page and saw this. At least he’s on top of it.

  34. dodohead418 says: Mar 30, 2014 11:57 PM

    Pats will probably get him somehow.

  35. patswhatsup says: Mar 31, 2014 1:36 AM

    thirdistheworrd says:
    Mar 30, 2014 4:20 PM
    No team is ever interested in anybody, until they are. And if they are interested in somebody, they frequently aren’t. Why does everything in the NFL have to be so tricky and under-the-table? It almost seems like all the teams are in constant competition with one another.
    ______________________________

    Indeed, as well as because the media is very quick to point out if a team ever so slightly hints that they are interested in a player that is CURRENTLY UNDER CONTRACT that tampering penalties should be levied by the NFL. Chris Johnson is under contract. No team is allowed to be interested until he is released.

  36. mwcarolina says: Mar 31, 2014 10:21 AM

    He was a great player, but like all running backs, his market is low. At best he gets a 3 year deal. As to where, likely a running back needy team. Maybe the Jets look his way. But the deal he will get won’t be great

  37. truthhurtssosuckit says: Mar 31, 2014 12:06 PM

    4-12 team? If you can accurately predict the record of each team this season, then please share the winning lotto numbers too.

  38. truthhurtssosuckit says: Mar 31, 2014 12:11 PM

    Obviously, you’re stuck in 2013 but please stop living in the past. Before we know it, you’re going to regale us with your high school football stories. C’mon man! 2013 was a ridiculously injury plagued year and it cost the Falcons the playoffs. Total fluke and back on top this year.

  39. victorray2 says: Mar 31, 2014 3:02 PM

    Why would they not take a running back that has blazing speed to run outside but chooses to run through the middle and fall down as soon as someone touches him and then turns on his blockers and blames them, and his coaches, and the fans? And now he says he broke 1000 yards, I should think so, you got the ball almost 300 times last season! Go find Vince and get him to teach you about bankruptcy, you’re gonna need it!

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