Show Johnson the Money Now Before a Holdout Starts


If Larry Johnson holds out or not of the upcoming Chiefs training camp is the main story around the Chiefs these days. The franchise running back is set to make $1.7 mil this season, and says that unless a new deal is reached, he will not be joining his team on the practice fields for two-a-days in July and August. This is the final year of Johnson’s rookie contract, and if the Chiefs were smart, they would give L.J. a new deal to make sure he stays a Chief for sometime. Don’t forget that he is coming off back-to-back seasons with 1,700-plus yards, and if you take that out of the teams offense, you are for sure taking away the biggest weapon the Chiefs have.

A couple of backs did sign big deals this offseason, including Ahman Green with the Texans, and Willis McGahee with the Ravens. Johnson is worth more to his team then either of these players, who went to new teams to get their big deals. Kansas City, the the prospect of starting a rookie QB, can’t let the Johnson situation hinder them and the teams development as the summer goes on.

So get L.J. a new deal. You can’t give him the house, but you can for sure come up with enough jack to make it worth his time to be on the practice fields in July in training camp. The team has to realize the trouble they would be in if Johnson decided to truly play hardball with them and sit out while awaiting a new deal. That’s why it is ultra-important to not let this take over the team and get it done as soon as possible.

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2 Responses to “Show Johnson the Money Now Before a Holdout Starts”

  1. Chris says:

    Welcome to the Chiefs blogosphere Matt! I’m already enjoying your writing. Drop me a line and we can talk.

  2. Adam says:

    I second that. Welcome to the club, Matt!

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