Johnson clears waivers, becomes a free agent

Larry Johnson, who was released Monday by the Kansas City Chiefs, has cleared waivers and is now a free agent, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.

Johnson is owed the roughly $2.3 million remaining on his contract by the Chiefs.

According to a league source, Houston was a likely landing spot for Johnson, but it appears the Texans are staying away at this point.

“We took all the factors into consideration — football, off-the-field issues, and we determined that it wasn’t a good fit for us at this time,” general manager Rick Smith told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. “We’ve got confidence in our [running] backs. When we come back from our open date, we expect big things out of them.”

The Bears, Patriots and Redskins have called to express interest in Johnson, league sources told La Canfora.

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