IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) – Chris Johnson, six years ago a 2,000-yard rusher, is now seen on the street, captured by TMZ cameras, essentially begging the Cowboys for a job.
“I’d fit good in Dallas,” Johnson said. “They need it. Yeah. That’s what we’re trying to do. Dallas, come holler at me!” Johnson said.
The Cowboys’ response? There is no need to holler.
“Right now we’re looking at the guys that we have on our roster,’’ says COO Stephen Jones, talking to Cowboys season-ticket holders on a conference call. “(Johnson) is somebody that is on a short list of ours that we think could ultimately come in and do some good things for us if we asked him to, but I wouldn’t say it’s a priority right now.”
Johnson is one of a dozen names that pop up this time of year in conjunction with Dallas for a number of reasons.
One, he’s a “name’’ player (even though he’s faded to the point he rushed for just 663 yards last year for the Jets, who are dumping him now) and the Cowboys are a “name’’ team. And two, there is a perception that Dallas “needs’’ more help to replace the departed DeMarco Murray.
“We really feel like with Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar that we have three really good running backs,’’ Jones said, adding that Ryan Williams will also “be in the mix. At the same time, we’re not done. Player acquisitions happen 365 days a year and we’ll continue to look to improve our football team. It doesn’t mean that we won’t be adding a back before we go to camp or during camp or even during the season.”
So maybe they “holler’’ at others as time goes on. But no Cowboys “hollering’’ right now.
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