The Cincinnati Bengals are shopping Rudi Johnson according to a published report.
Whether or not a trade can be consummated (the report suggests the Bengals want a wide receiver in return), it’s apparent the team is ready to move on without the veteran runner.
There’s now a renewed sense of faith in Chris Perry’s ability as an NFL starter.
Johnson has missed much of the preseason with an injured hamstring; the same ailment that hampered him for much of last season. In his absence, Perry has moved to the top of the depth chart and is now a legitimate sleeper candidate.
Despite rushing for better than 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns in three of the past four seasons, Johnson should now be seen as little more than a late-round pick.
If he can’t get back to 100 percent, the Bengals might even release him and use Perry and Kenny Watson in their backfield attack.
While he has barely played at the NFL level due to injuries of his own, Perry still warrants middle-round consideration as a potential No. 3 or 4 fantasy back or flex starter.