Not content with just one aging, opinionated running back, the Washington Redskins added a second one Friday when they signed Larry Johnson to a three-year, incentive-laden contract.
Johnson agreed to a deal with a base value of $3.5 million, but he could make as much as $12 million if he meets certain incentives.
Johnson joins Clinton Portis in what should make for intriguing backfield dynamics under new coach Mike Shanahan. Johnson is 30; Portis is 28 – although his body has been battered by 50 percent more rushing attempts.
Both have been to two Pro Bowls. Both need to show some sort of resurgence rather than a steady decline toward retirement. And both have been known to get in trouble for saying too much.
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Johnson ended his season with Cincinnati after being released by Kansas City in November. His 61/2 years in Kansas City were marred by off-the-field problems, including two suspensions in his last 12 months with the team. The final straw came when he posted a gay slur on his Twitter account, insulted followers and questioned the competence of head coach Todd Haley.
The flamboyant Portis hasn’t shied from publicly criticizing coaches and teammates in years past.
Green Bay signed safety Nick Collins and nose tackle Ryan Pickett to contract extensions. … Cleveland signed free-agent tight end Benjamin Watson to a multiyear contract and released tight end Steve Heiden. … Kansas City re-signed center Casey Wiegmann. … San Diego agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Donald Strickland. … Wide receiver Antonio Bryant officially signed with Cincinnati. … Tennessee agreed to terms with cornerback Rod Hood. … Arizona signed offensive linemen Rex Hadnot and Ben Claxton. … Philadelphia signed receiver Hank Baskett.