After a few days worth of rumors about it, the Arizona Cardinals officially announced the addition of veteran running back Chris Johnson to a one-year contract. When the announcement was made, the two parties had only agreed to terms. Johnson has since signed his contract and you can see him sign it on the team site.
To make room for Johnson on the 90-man roster, the team waived/injured safety Brandon Person, who tore his ACL in Saturday's game. If Person clears waivers, he will end up on injured reserve unless he and the team reach an injury settlement.
While the team never discloses the terms of contracts, it has been reported his deal is worth up to $2 million for the year. Undoubtedly, there is a chunk of that money in incentives.
Johnson (5-11, 203) is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was first-team All-Pro in 2009 when he was also named NFL Offensive Player of the Year with Tennessee after leading the league with 2,006 rushing yards, becoming the sixth player in league history to top 2,000 rushing yards in a season.
He has run for 8,628 yards and 51 touchdowns on 1,897 carries (4.5 yard avg.) in his seven-year NFL career with the Titans (2008-13) and Jets (2014). Johnson also has 296 receptions for 2,154 yards (7.3 yard avg.) and nine touchdowns in 111 career games (99 starts). Combined with his 503 receiving yards on 50 catches in 2009, Johnson set an NFL single-season record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage, breaking Marshall Faulk's record of 2,429 yards with the Rams in 1999.
Johnson entered the league as a first-round pick (24th overall) with the Titans in 2008 out of East Carolina and he earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his first three seasons in the NFL (2008-10). He posted six consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons to begin his career and he ranks fifth among active players with his 8,628 career rushing yards. Last season, Johnson played in all 16 games for the Jets and ran for 663 yards and a touchdown on 155 carries (4.3 yard avg.).
Johnson is expected to slide into the offensive rotation behind Andre Ellington. He is the second established veteran with a Pro Bowl pedigree the Cardinals have signed since the end of July. They added tight end Jermaine Gresham just before training camp.
Johnson, who has worn Nos. 28 and 21 in his previous seasons, will wear No. 27 for the Cardinals, at least for now. Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson and Justin Bethel wear the other two numbers,