For Redskins, Larry Johnson Is No Substitute For Clinton Portis

March 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

We are seven days into the 2010 NFL new year and the biggest free agent move by the Washington Redskins happened Friday. Washington signed free agent running back Larry Johnson to a modest, $3.5 million, three-year deal according to an ESPN story  by Adam Schefter.
Clinton Portis bashers should not gloat yet. Johnson is unlikely to replace Portis anytime soon.
The fan narrative of the 2009 offense ends with the entire unit blown up and rebuilt.
Coaching staff? Check. Release seven offensive players? Check.
But Clinton Portis and Jason Campbell, who each face considerable fan disenchantment, are still at Redskin Park.
I have concerns for Campbell's future, but Johnson's numbers don't measure up to a healthy Clinton Portis. Check this comparison for the past three seasons:
PLAYER AGE G ATT YDS AVE TDs YDS:TDs PORTIS 29 40 791 3243 4.1 21 154:1 JOHNSON 30 34 529 2054 3.9 8 256:1  
Clinton Portis is a scorer, making one touchdown for...

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