By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on March 26, 2014
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is on the trade market, and the Denver Broncos have been linked to the star running back. With Knowshon Moreno a free agent, the Broncos will be looking to add a running back to complement Montee Ball in 2014. Broncos general manager John Elway has repeatedly stated the team needs to get better in the running game next season. What better way than to add a former 2,000-yard rusher to the equation?
Chris Johnson will turn 29 years old in 2014. Like every other 2,000-yard single-season rusher that has come before him, Johnson has slowed down over the past four years. If Johnson were to be traded to the Broncos, he'd be one of two backs carrying the load for the team, along with Montee Ball. Considering the wear-and-tear over Johnson's body over the past six years, it would be in the best interest of his career at this point.
Chris Johnson has made it to the playoffs just one time in his career -- his rookie season of 2008, when the Titans were eliminated in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Because of his lack of experience in the playoffs, Johnson has never come close to sniffing the Lombardi Trophy. By playing on the Broncos, Johnson receives the opportunity to chase the championship that has eluded him throughout his NFL career.
As heralded of a runner as Johnson has been throughout his career, he is actually an all-around threat. The Broncos like to use their running backs in a variety of roles, as they did with Knowshon Moreno in 2013. Moreno had 60 receptions with over 500 receiving yards last season. Johnson caught 42 passes for a limited Titans offense in 2013. Pair Johnson with Peyton Manning and Johnson will match Moreno's receiving statistics.
Whether Johnson will admit it or not, playing for a mediocre franchise that has no imminent hope of contending in the near future can drain on a franchise player such as him. Since rushing for over 2,000 yards in 2009 and receiving his big contract in 2011, Johnson's career has been stagnant. Playing for a championship contender with a star supporting cast will revitalize Johnson's career.
Simply put, any running back or offensive skill position player who wants to maximize their play and production will find no better quarterback than Peyton Manning. Knowshon Moreno ranked in the top five in the NFL in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards among all players at his position in 2013 after spending the first four years of his career as a bust in the league. Imagine Johnson's ceiling with Manning running the offense?
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