Free agent running back Larry Johnson, who was recently released by Kansas City, is working out for the Cincinnati Bengals today and could be signed if he passes a physical and impresses team officials, a team source confirmed.
Johnson was released by the Chiefs after being suspended for posting inflammatory comments regarding coach Todd Haley on his Twitter account and using gay slurs on Twitter and the following day toward reporters. The Bengals’ move for Johnson comes a day after starting tailback Cedric Benson suffered a hip flexor in Cincinnati’s win over Pittsburgh.
Johnson, a Pro Bowler in 2005 and 2006 after rushing for more than 1,700 yards both years, figured to be in demand after a week in which several key running backs — Philadelphia’s Brian Westbrook, Seattle’s Julius Jones, Atlanta’s Michael Turner and Benson — were injured. Since he is a free agent, Johnson has the option where he could play.
Although a team likely would want to sign Johnson to a pro-rated minimum salary — which Johnson could be willing to accept since the Chiefs are paying his full $4.55 million salary — there could be somewhat of a bidding war since some teams need help at running back.