When Chris Johnson was released by the Tennessee Titans, there were a slew of teams that were showing a mild interest in him, but even more teams were showing an even more mild interest in the former Pro Bowl back. Most of these teams were rumored just from water cooler talk, but when a player like Johnson hits the market, he’s an intriguing fit almost everywhere.
One of those teams that could be a fit for Johnson are the New England Patriots, but beat writer Doug Kyed says you shouldn’t hold your breath.
His playing style is a fit, but his personality isn’t prototypical for the Patriots. He certainly would add to the Patriots’ backfield, however. It seems like the Patriots are more interested in adding a low-cost option, and Johnson probably will be too expensive. It’s not smart to count out anything for the Patriots, but Johnson seems unlikely to land in New England.
While he’s a fit, the Patriots are likely to focus on drafting a running back rather than signing Johnson at a premium. Still, New England is in an arms race with the Denver Broncos and adding a weapon like Johnson isn’t the worst idea that has been brought up to Bill Belichick.