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Will Former Tennessee Titan Running Back Chris Johnson Still End up as a Miami Dolphin?

April 6th, 2014 at 4:18 PM
By Mark H. Stowers

'Titans Camp' photo (c) 2008, vermillion - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

News came out this week that the Miami Dolphins were one of the suitors for the services of Chris Johnson while he was still a member of the Tennessee Titans. But apparently the cost was too high for the somewhat rebuilding Dolphins. The Buffalo Bills were also mentioned as a trade partner but either they were rebuffed or found the price too high for their liking. 

So the Titans cut him and his $8 million dollar per year salary loose. He's on the open market but has not been signed as of yet. Should the Dolphins try to lure him in as a free agent? He did set records a couple of season back but has been ordinary the past couple of seasons. From ESPN.com his career stats include:

RUSHING STATS 
SEASONTEAMGPATTYDSAVGLNGTDFDFUMLST
2008152511,2284.96695411
2009163582,0065.691147933
2010163161,3644.376115522
2011162621,0474.04844731
2012162761,2434.59464533
2013162791,0773.93065421
Career951,7427,9654.694503341411

Would he have been an upgrade over Lamar Miller? Indeed, but what about Knowshon Moreno? Here are his stats since 2009.

RUSHING STATS 
SEASONTEAMGPATTYDSAVGLNGTDFDFUMLST
2009162479473.83675222
2010131827794.33553432
20117371794.8240511
201281385253.82043211
2013162411,0384.331105310
Career608453,4684.1362617686

Johnson doubled Moreno's rushing yardage with only one more year of experience. So perhaps the Dolphins looked at the "tread on the tires" and figured Moreno has more of that "new car smell" at the moment with plenty of potential and a friendlier cap number. We'll keep an eye on where Johnson lands and see if he outrushes the choice of the Fins this season.

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