The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with running back Chris Johnson on Monday, reports Fox Sports’s Jay Glazer. The deal could be worth as much as $2 million, reports NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.
Johnson, 30 next month, was a free agent after spending 2014 with the New York Jets. In March, he was shot in the shoulder in an incident that left one man dead and another wounded in Orlando. Johnson was released from the hospital days later.
Johnson was also arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge in Orlando in January.
In 16 games (six starts) with the Jets last season, Johnson rushed for 663 yards and one touchdown, adding 24 receptions for 151 yards and one touchdown.
Johnson began his career with the Tennessee Titans, who selected him in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft. A three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2009 first-team All-Pro, Johnson spent six seasons with the Titans. In 2009, he became the sixth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards when he gained 2,006. The Minnesota Vikings’s Adrian Peterson became the seventh in 2012.
Over his seven NFL seasons, Johnson has recorded 1,897 carries for 8,628 yards and 51 touchdowns. He has also caught 296 passes for 2,154 yards and nine touchdowns.
In Arizona, Johnson is expected to split some carries with Andre Ellington.
- Mike Fiammetta