Now that Chris Johnson has a choice on where he wants to go to, I imagine he will do as Peyton Manning did and go to a team that fits his skill-set. That would be one that actually has an established offensive line. I would say that if anyone has their hopes on CJ in a Dolphins uniform will be feeling a little Peyton Manning miffed.
ESPN Insider looks at possible landing places for CJ.
Looking for teams that make some sense as potential landing spots for Johnson, I touched base with ESPN NFL Insiders Field Yates and Matt Williamson for their thoughts:http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nfl/rum ... t?id=19849
New York Jets: They have garnered the most buzz thus far and are a logical landing spot; 6-foot, 226-pound Chris Ivoryis their lead back, but they lack playmakers in their backfield. "This offense is very short on big-play potential. And at this stage of his career, I think Johnson would benefit from having a bigger guy to carry the load," noted Williamson.
St. Louis Rams: They reportedly are not interested in Johnson, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't consider him as a free agent. Williamson called the Rams his favorite fit for Johnson, and Yates likes the idea of pairing CJ with powerback Zac Stacy: "The Rams added an absurd amount of speed on offense last year, but Johnson would add it to a backfield that has just one consistent and reliable performer: Stacy."
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens' backfield crashed last season, and now Ray Riceis in trouble with the law. Williamson wonders: "With Ray Rice's legal situation, could the Ravens look to Johnson as a replacement or complement? Baltimore's run game was simply awful last year. Maybe Johnson could help."
New England Patriots: Could the Pats consider replacing LeGarrette Blountwith CJ? "The Patriots like to collect RBs and lost Blount. They are very good at using RBs to the best of their abilities and could use Johnson in a committee or rotation," said Williamson.
Chicago Bears: Matt Fortehas proved to be durable, but they're playing with fire if he ever suffers a long-term injury. Yates thinks that adding Johnson would make sense "purely from a depth standpoint. The Bears have no running backs with an NFL carry on their depth chart beyond Matt Forte. At some point, this is a must-address situation."
Cleveland Browns: They seemingly took care of their backfield by signing free agent Ben Tate, but why not double down with Johnson? "Ben Tate has never been a full-time workhorse for a team for a full season. The Browns need to add at least one more running back to what is a murky depth chart beyond Tate, and the price could be right on Johnson," noted Yates.
Oakland Raiders: This may seem like an odd landing spot, because they re-signed Darren McFadden and added Maurice Jones-Drew, but as Yates notes, "Neither player's contract is so onerous that adding another back would be counterproductive. McFadden's deal includes only $100,000 in guaranteed money -- it's not a sure thing that he'll be a big part of their Week 1 plans."
Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson has shown durability issues in recent years, so the Vikings could make sense if Johnson is willing to become a change-of-pace back as Toby Gerhart's replacement.
In the end, there might not be a perfect landing spot for Johnson at this time, which is why another option for him may be to remain a free agent until the season nears to see if an injury opens up a more direct line to a genuine lead-back role.