Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones has made clear that the team is happy with what they have in the backfield, but won’t dismiss the idea of the team adding another running back at some point. If they do, former NFL rushing champion Chris Johnson would like to be that addition.
Johnson made his pitch in a recent impromptu interview with TMZ.
“I’d be a good fit in Dallas,” Johnson said, via NFL.com. "They need it. Yeah. That's what we're trying to do."
Five or six years ago, the very idea of Johnson wearing a star would’ve whipped Cowboys fans into a frenzy. He set a single-season record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage (2,006 rushing yards) in 2009, and was named the Offensive Player of the Year. But that was a long time ago, especially in NFL years.
After averaging 5.6 yards per carry in that 2009 season, he has pretty much lived in the low to mid-4s range since. He spent last season with the Jets and set career-lows in carries, yards and touchdowns.
That said, it’s worth noting that last season, Johnson and new Cowboy Darren McFadden had the exact same number of carries: 155. With those 155 carries, McFadden had 534 yards; Johnson had 663.
"Dallas, come holler at me," Johnson said.