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Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Date of Birth:  09/23/1985
Age:  36
Height  5'11"
Weight:   203
College:  East Carolina
Drafted:  2008 | Round 1 | Pick 24
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Chris Johnson | Retired RB


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Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Johnson, who made the announcement on his Instagram page (linked below), spent 2008-2013 with the Titans, 2014 with the Jets, and 2015-2017 with the Cardinals. Of course, "CJ2K" made a name for himself in Tennessee as a first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, and he set an NFL record for 2,509 yards from scrimmage (which still stands) in 2009 on his way to the rushing title, NFL Offensive Player of the Year award, and First-Team All-Pro selection. Johnson made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, and he finished his career with 2,163 carries for 9,651 yards (4.5 YPC) and 55 touchdowns, also adding 307 receptions for 2,255 yards and nine touchdowns as a receiver. The historic 2009 season was one of the best in NFL history for a running back, as he rushed 358 times for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns. He might not have been a top-end player for a long enough period of time, but peak CJ2K was probably dominant enough that he at least could make a case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

The Cardinals released running back Chris Johnson.

The team just traded for Adrian Peterson this morning, so CJ was released to make room for AD. The former 2,000-yard rusher won't share the backfield with fellow former 2,000-yard rusher Peterson, and there's a chance this is it for Johnson's NFL career.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson rushed nine times for 21 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

He also caught an eight-yard pass. Arizona simply couldn't block Philly's front, and they couldn't get the running game going down 21-0 in the first quarter. Johnson should be better in an easier matchup against Tampa Bay next Sunday, but he's just a weak FLEX option.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson rushed 13 times for 32 yards in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

He also caught three passes for 31 yards. Johnson continues to lead the backfield in carries, but Andre Ellington impressed as a receiver and could see more work because of it. Johnson's role makes him a decent FLEX option in standard leagues, but Ellington is the preferred play in PPR leagues. The Cardinals travel to Philadelphia in Week 5.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson gets 13 touches in Week 3.

The Cowboys did a good job of limiting the running game of the Cardinals, and Johnson was only able to pick up 17 yards on 12 carries while adding a four-yard reception. Meanwhile, Kerwynn Williams only received one carry in the game. Andre Ellington (five carries for 22 yards and five receptions for 59 yards) outplayed Johnson, but Johnson might still lead the backfield in Week 4.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson leads the Cardinals in rushing in Week 2.

It was Johnson' first game back after just being signed a few days ago, and he had to help fill in for David Johnson in the star running back's first game missed of several over the next 2-3 months. Kerwynn Williams was expected to lead the backfield, but Johnson received more carries and was more productive. For the game, Johnson had 11 carries for 44 yards, and he'll probably be the lead guy of the committee moving forward. He's worth an add in standard leagues, though there are probably better FLEX options for Week 3 against the Cowboys.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

The Cardinals signed RB Chris Johnson.

The veteran running back just missed the cut on Arizona's final roster over a week ago, but he's back after the unfortunate wrist injury to David Johnson. Kerwynn Williams will likely be the leader in the backfield, but there's a chance CJ emerges and becomes the number one guy in DJ's absence. The Cardinals look like they'll have a full-blown RBBC unless someone steps up and takes over the job.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

The Cardinals released RB Chris Johnson, according to Adam Schefter.

This is a bit of surprise, as it seemed Johnson was the number two guy behind David Johnson. This could mean Andre Ellington has made the team, but we'll see within the next 24+ hours. As for Johnson, he'll be 32 later this month and it's no guarantee other teams are interested in him. It's certainly possible CJ2K has played his last snap in the NFL.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson carries six times for 31 yards in Cardinals' preseason game.

Johnson entered the game with the starters after David Johnson played just a few snaps. He did fumble twice (and lost one), so head coach Bruce Arians will not like that one bit. Still, CJ is likely going to be the number two running back behind DJ.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson works behind David Johnson in Week 2 preseason game.

CJ had four carries for eight yards and three receptions for five yards. He couldn't do much with his touches, as the Bears front seven played well and limited the Cardinals to about two yards per carry. Johnson appears to be the clear number two in the backfield for Arizona.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Chris Johnson carries three times for two yards in Week 1 of the preseason.

Johnson got some work early in the game with the first-team after David Johnson exited. CJ appears to be the clear lead backup to DJ.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

The Cardinals are signing running back Chris Johnson, according to Adam Schefter.

Johnson was with the Cardinals the last two years, but suffered a groin injury last season that forced him to be placed on Injured Reserve. CJ2K is now 31, but he showed he still has some ability—particularly speed—when healthy. The team is re-signing him right before training camp starts, and he'll provide good depth to the group and likely compete for the number two running back job behind David Johnson. Chris Johnson could emerge as the primary handcuff to the workhorse DJ, but he likely won't provide great standalone fantasy value with DJ locked into 25+ touches per game.

Chris Johnson | Retired RB

Free agent running back Chris Johnson said he wants to continue playing.

Johnson was on SiriusXM NFL and said a few teams are interested, including the Cardinals. Johnson was with the Cardinals for the past two seasons, but he only played in four games last season because of his groin injury that sent him to IR. Johnson did admit that hitting 10,000 rushing yards is a motivating factor (he's currently at 9,537 yards). Johnson is only 31-years-old and can definitely contribute to a team. He should sign with someone at some point before the season.