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  NFL | Chris Johnson ready to walk away    Mon Nov 5, 02:11 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, Nov. 5.

Footballguys view: CJ2K will always be remembered fondly by Fantasy GMs who had him when he was at his best. Johnson, a first-round pick in 2008 out of East Carolina, had the best season of his career in 2009 when he had 12 100-yard games and rushed for 2,006 yards on the season. He had six 1,000-yard rushing seasons during his career and was one of the fastest running backs to ever play the game. Johnson held the Scouting Combine record with a 4.24 40-yard dash until John Ross (4.22) beat that mark in 2017.

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  NFL | Chris Johnson wants to play in 2018    Wed Feb 28, 07:33 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) said Wednesday, Feb. 28, that he wants to 'give it another go' and continue his career in 2018. 'I'm not done yet. I am still going strong. I got too much juice left,' Johnson said.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson let go    Tue Oct 10, 01:38 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson was released Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Footballguys view: That could be the end of the road for Johnson in the NFL. Formerly known as CJ2K, Johnson has only averaged 2.5 YPC on 45 carries in 2017. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2014 and no longer has the crazy speed that made him a special back in his heyday.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson quiet in Week 5    Sun Oct 8, 05:16 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson rushed for 21 yards on nine carries against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson does very little    Sun Oct 1, 11:21 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson rushed 13 times for 32 yards in Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers and he added three receptions for 31 yards.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson will remain starter    Tue Sep 26, 03:56 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will continue to start in Arizona's backfield in Week 4 despite managing just 17 yards on 12 carries in Week 3.

Footballguys view: Johnson looked rusty against the Cowboys on Monday night. He'll get another shot to prove that he can carry the load for the Cardinals even though Andre Ellington gained more yards (and played more snaps) than Johnson did in Week 3.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson stifled by Cowboys defense    Tue Sep 26, 12:51 AM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson managed only 17 rushing yards on 12 carries in the team's Week 3 game Monday, Sept. 25, against the Dallas Cowboys. He also added one reception for four yards.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson to see more work    Thu Sep 21, 09:25 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will see more carries in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys than he did in Week 2, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Footballguys view: Johnson is a possible flex play against a weak Cowboys defense. Expect 15 or more carries and a reasonable chance at goal line carries.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson leads ARI rushing attack    Sun Sep 17, 06:15 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson ran 11 times for 44 yards Sunday, Sept. 17, in a 16-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Footballguys view: In other words, there's no Cardinals back worth rostering right now.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson expected to get work    Wed Sep 13, 11:53 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson is 'expected to get carries' in the team's Week 2 game Sunday, Sept. 17, versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Footballguys view: That just makes things more complicated in the Cardinals backfield. Andre Ellington might be the better play in PPR leagues, while Kerwynn Williams might be the better flex option in standard leagues. Then Johnson could come in and crush the limited fantasy value for both.

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  Cardinals | David Johnson officially goes to IR    Tue Sep 12, 04:50 PM

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 12. Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) was officially re-signed in a corresponding move.

Footballguys view: Johnson will undergo wrist surgery and be out 2-3 months as he recovers. At the earliest, Johnson could return to the field in Week 10 against the Seahawks. Johnson may be back for a run during the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully you have an IR spot in your fantasy league where you can stash Johnson for the time being.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson returns to Arizona    Tue Sep 12, 01:11 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Footballguys view: With David Johnson (wrist) on IR, the team turns back to Johnson. They decided to keep Kerwynn Williams over Johnson during the final cuts earlier this year, and Williams should be the lead back in a RBBC. That committee includes Williams, Johnson and Andre Ellington. As you can see, it's a bit of a mess for fantasy owners.

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  Cardinals | Arizona intends to bring back Chris Johnson    Tue Sep 12, 12:03 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) is expected to re-sign with the Arizona Cardinals following the news that David Johnson will miss two to three months to recover from wrist surgery.

Footballguys view: Johnson is going to be in the mix with Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington. The return of Johnson to the desert will negatively impact the fantasy prospects of Williams. Keep this in mind when working your waiver wire.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson let go    Fri Sep 1, 03:37 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson was released Friday, Sept. 1.

Footballguys view: Kerwynn Williams is the most valuable back on the roster after David Johnson now. He has looked good in limited duty and would have relevance in fantasy leagues if Johnson goes down.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson expects to sit Thursday    Mon Aug 28, 10:46 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he does not expect to play in the final preseason game. Johnson is competing for a roster spot but believes he has shown he can contribute on offense during training camp.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson will have a role    Fri Jul 21, 09:14 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will be on the field at the same time as RB David Johnson on occasion, head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, July 21. 'We've had it in the plan every year and one of the two always gets hurt all the damn time,' Arians said. 'But we'll have some two-back stuff with he and David back there'

Footballguys view: Johnson is set up as a clear handcuff to David Johnson, although he's not the same receiving back that he used to be. Kerwynn Williams was strong in limited duty last year and would play a role if the starter went down.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson contract update    Fri Jul 21, 06:24 PM

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will receive a base salary of $1 million in his one-year contract. He is scheduled to receive $200,000 in guaranteed money and can make more with incentives.

Footballguys view: He's your handcuff for David Johnson, but nothing more barring injury.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson given one-year deal    Thu Jul 20, 03:18 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) was re-signed to a one-year deal by the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, July 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: No more than a backup, Johnson does give the Cardinals a little insurance in case something happens to David Johnson (no relation). David Johnson is the guy to have and we aren't even that excited about Chris Johnson as a handcuff unless you're looking for help late in your draft.

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  NFL | Chris Johnson expects to join a team    Wed Jun 7, 07:11 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) said he expects to sign with a team before training camp and hopes to join a contending team.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals could well be that team. Right now they have only roster fringe but underrated Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington behind David Johnson, and Ellington was just moved back to running back after an aborted conversion to wide receiver.

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  NFL | Chris Johnson not ready to step away    Fri Jun 2, 02:29 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) wants to continue his career and has stayed in 'close contact' with the Arizona Cardinals.

Footballguys view: There are also a few other teams interested according to CJ2K. Johnson also notes becoming the 30th player to reach 10,000 career rushing yards - a mark from which he is 463 yards shy of - is a motivating factor. We'll see when injuries strike in training camp if Johnson gets a call.

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  NFL | Chris Johnson confident he can still go    Tue Feb 28, 10:26 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) said in an interview Tuesday, Feb. 28, that he can 'definitely' still make plays and that he still has his speed.

Footballguys view: Johnson does still have speed and he can still make plays....but can he stay healthy? He should get a few looks on the open market.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson set to be FA    Sun Jan 15, 05:54 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: At 31-years old, Johnson still feels like he has something to prove. Over the last two years, Johnson has played in only 15 games. In 2016, Johnson was limited to four games as a groin injury that required surgery cut his season short. He should get a shot somewhere, but it might not be until training camp.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson to be free agent    Sun Jan 8, 03:45 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: Johnson is 31 years old and has only played in 15 games over the last two years. This season was cut short by sports hernia surgery. The speedy veteran did flash when given the ball with the Cardinals, and any team in need of a part-time playmaker should have interest.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson plans to play in 2017    Sun Dec 4, 12:22 AM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) indicated that he intends to play next season despite suffering injuries that have cut short his last two campaigns.

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  Cardinals | Season over for Chris Johnson    Wed Nov 23, 11:13 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) will not come off the Reserve/Injured list and his season is now over.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson eligible to return    Tue Nov 15, 11:09 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) is eligible to return to practice this week, as is S Tyvon Branch (hernia). Both are on the Reserve/Injured list and only one can be designated to return. Head coach Bruce Arians said the decision had not been made, and he also mentioned LB Alani Fua (knee) as a possibility.

Footballguys view: He's not going to have much value unless something happens to David Johnson, who is having a really good season. So, barring something big happening, Johnson will be nothing more than a guy giving Johnson a breather and not worth having on your roster as more than a handcuff.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson ahead of schedule    Wed Oct 26, 11:15 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) said Wednesday, Oct. 26, that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a groin injury. However, he is uncertain if Johnson or SS Tyvon Branch (hernia) will be the player who returns from the Reserve/Injured Designated to Return list.

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  Cardinals | Evan Mathis to have surgery    Mon Oct 10, 03:41 PM

Arizona Cardinals OG Evan Mathis (ankle) will have surgery on his ankle, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Arians does not expect Mathis to return in six weeks, which could mean either RB Chris Johnson (groin) or SS Tyvon Branch (hernia) could return from the Reserve/Injured list.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson undergoes hernia surgery    Sun Oct 9, 12:10 AM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) underwent hernia surgery Thursday, Oct. 6, and subsequently indicated he'd be back 'in a few weeks.' He's currently on IR and is ineligible to return before Week 13.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson to IR    Wed Oct 5, 12:44 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Oct. 5. He will be out a minimum of eight weeks.

Footballguys view: Johnson is out for two months, but he could be labeled their 'designated to return' player after that. Without Chris Johnson in the lineup, it could lead to more playing time for Andre Ellington as a change-of-pace back behind David Johnson.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson to have surgery    Tue Oct 4, 04:42 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (hernia) will undergo surgery on a sports hernia. His time frame is yet to be determined.

Footballguys view: Johnson is going to miss at least eight weeks now that he's on IR. There's a chance that he makes it back as the team's 'designated to return' player, but we won't know for a couple of months.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson placed on IR    Tue Oct 4, 02:29 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Footballguys view: Johnson is going to be out for at least eight weeks, but per the new IR rules he could be designated as the Cardinals return player. Without Chris Johnson, the Cardinals should use Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor as backups behind starter David Johnson.

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  Cardinals | No practice for Chris Johnson Monday    Mon Oct 3, 03:53 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) did not participate in the part of practice open to the media Monday, Oct. 3.

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  Cardinals | Groin injury for Chris Johnson    Sun Oct 2, 07:09 PM

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (groin) checked out of the Week 4 game against the Los Angeles Rams due to a groin injury and is questionable to return.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson leaves game with injury    Sun Oct 2, 06:59 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (leg) went down awkwardly on a carry in the second half in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams due to what appeared to be a non-contact injury.

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  Cardinals | David Johnson is an every-down back    Tue Sep 27, 11:13 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson played 79 of a possible 82 snaps against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington logged just three and one, respectively.

Footballguys view: Any concern about Johnson splitting time in the backfield has been squashed this year. David Johnson is a star player, and he's the centerpiece of the Cardinals offense. While they are struggling in the passing game at times, Johnson is solid on the ground. He's also one of the best receivers out of the backfield in the league. There is no doubt that Johnson is a set-it-and-forget-it starter each week for fantasy owners.

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  Cardinals | David Johnson will have help    Thu Aug 11, 04:29 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson will not be run into the ground early on in the regular season because RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington will be able to help, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Footballguys view: How much will Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington see the field? Overall we have David Johnson as an excellent RB1, but if Arians starts splitting carries to keep the young player fresh, it will hurt his production. Arians has other more important things to worry about, but Fantasy GMs don't, so keep an eye on reports out of camp.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington could play receiver    Mon Jul 18, 05:55 PM

The majority of Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's playing time may come at wide receiver, as long as RBs David Johnson and Chris Johnson are healthy, according to azcardinals.com's Darren Urban.

Footballguys view: Ellington could easily be a slot receiver for the Cardinals. He's quick enough to break ankles in the open field, and Ellington has the speed to gain separation on linebackers or safeties. He's missed 11 games in three years with the Cardinals, but Ellington has ran 571 routes during that time--a mark good for 23rd in the league at the RB position. If David Johnson and Chris Johnson are healthy, there may not be many touches for Ellington as a rusher.

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  Cardinals | David Johnson will be featured    Mon Jul 18, 05:45 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is the unquestioned bellcow running back for the Cardinals this year, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com. RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington will back up like they did for most of 2015.

Footballguys view: David Johnson shined during his rookie season with the Cardinals. His blend of size/power/speed is one that gets any fantasy football player excited. He's a first-round pick this year and has the opportunity to finish as the best RB in fantasy football. Johnson's current ADP is RB3 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Cardinals | Cards could use two RBs at a time    Tue Jun 7, 10:11 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to get a lion's share of the work, but RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington each have skillsets which could help the offense. In fact, head coach Bruce Arians hinted Tuesday, June 7, that two backs could be on the field at the same time. 'When I first came here, that's something B.A. told me he wanted to do,' Chris Johnson said. 'It started off with me getting here late (in training camp), then Andre getting hurt early and me getting hurt. It was hard to get two of us on the field at one time, but that's something we've really been working hard on.'

Footballguys view: David Johnson is well worth taking in the first round of all fantasy drafts, but it will be interesting to see how the team mixes in Chris Johnson and Ellington behind him. Right now, Chris Johnson is going off the board at RB53 (13.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson could start for Arizona    Tue May 31, 07:54 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson could claim the starting job in Arizona's backfield despite head coach Bruce Arians claiming that RB David Johnson is the bell cow back, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.

Footballguys view: No matter who is the starter, the Cardinals are likely to use some form of RBBC. Chris Johnson proved last year that he still has some left in the tank...before getting hurt. David Johnson proved that he can be a big-time runner and receiver in the NFL. We think the latter gets the starting job with the seasoned veteran working as a change-of-pace back.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson likes RB tandem    Sat May 28, 10:04 AM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he believes he and RB David Johnson can be the best running back tandem in the NFL. David Johnson said Chris Johnson has helped him become a more patient running back.

Footballguys view: Chris Johnson still has the speed to be dangerous when given a crease, but second-year pro David Johnson is set to be the team's lead back. At this time, David Johnson has a current ADP of RB4 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues while Chris Johnson is considered RB57 (14.02).

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson not worried about role    Sat Apr 2, 08:33 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he believes head coach Bruce Arians will know how to make sure both he and RB David Johnson receive touches. 'Not sure how things are going to go, but I'm pretty sure we'll have a nice one-two punch,' Chris Johnson said.

Footballguys view: We think David Johnson is going to be the lead back and the most fantasy relevant of the two. We'll see how that shakes out in training camp as the duo will compete for the top spot.

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  Dolphins | Miami eyeing Ezekiel Elliott?    Fri Mar 18, 09:16 PM

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott is being considered as an option for the 13th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins, who missed out on Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson and Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson in free agency.

Footballguys view: With the 13th-overall pick, the Dolphins could get the best RB in this draft class. Elliot has the potential to be a three-down impact player in the pros. He's got good speed, vision and quickness to the hole. There may only be one or two RBs who go off the board in the first round, but Elliot will be the first.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson returns to Cards    Thu Mar 17, 03:39 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson re-signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals Thursday, March 17, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Johnson was very productive with Arizona before getting hurt, so this is a good fit and we assume the deal isn't a huge one. We expect David Johnson to get the bulk of the carries after his success last season, while Andre Ellington, Johnson and maybe Stepfan Taylor split the rest of the carries.

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  Dolphins | Chris Johnson likely to pick soon    Wed Mar 16, 09:58 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) visited with the Miami Dolphins, and he is expected to pick between the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. Other teams have requested visits, but he is unlikely to make them at this point.

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  Cardinals | Arizona still in mix for CJ2K    Wed Mar 16, 09:57 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) visited the Miami Dolphins this week, and he is expected to select between his old team, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Miami Dolphins soon. Other clubs have requested a meeting, but he is unlikely to make them at this point.

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  NFL | Two finalists for Chris Johnson    Wed Mar 16, 08:28 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) is expected to sign with either the Arizona Cardinals or Miami Dolphins. Johnson has received interest from other teams but is not expected to make any more trips.

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  Dolphins | Chris Johnson visiting Miami    Wed Mar 16, 11:41 AM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) is visiting with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, March 16.

Footballguys view: Johnson has plenty of speed, and he proved last year with the Cardinals that he's still got something left in the tank. The Dolphins lost out on RB C.J. Anderson, but they could add Johnson as a change-of-pace back to play in a RBBC with Jay Ajayi.

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  NFL | Chris Johnson could sign soon    Tue Mar 15, 02:31 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) could sign with a team as early as this week, according to a source. Prospective teams were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Johnson has expressed a desire to stay with the Cardinals, but he'd likely return as a backup to David Johnson if Arizona keeps him around. He flashed ability he hadn't shown in years last season for the Cardinals, and Johnson could at least give someone a speedy change-of-pace back.

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