Chris Johnson signs with Arizona Cardinals

Aug 17, 2015, 3:15 PM | Updated: 5:03 pm

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson arrives for the Jets NFL football training camp Thursday, ...

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson arrives for the Jets NFL football training camp Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Cortland, N.Y. (AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

The Arizona Cardinals added a veteran to their backfield, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with Chris Johnson.

Jay Glazer broke the news on Twitter and it was later confirmed by a press release from the Cardinals.

Back in March, Johnson was shot in the shoulder in Orlando, Fla., after an unknown car opened fire at a red light and killed one man.

Johnson rushed for at least 1,000 yards in all six of his seasons with the Tennessee Titans. His signature season was his second in the NFL, when he ran for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009. He signed a two-year contract with the New York Jets in 2014 and had 663 yards and one touchdown in his only season with the team.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians brought up the possibility of adding another running back early last week.

Lead back Andre Ellington battled injuries last season as well as early in this year’s training camp. Third-round pick David Johnson has struggled with a hamstring injury in most of training camp, leaving the team with Kerwynn Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Robert Hughes, Paul Lasike and Marion Grice, who is also currently sidelined.

The former East Carolina star Chris Johnson will look to help one of the Cardinals’ biggest weaknesses. Arizona averaged only 3.29 yards per carry last season, the lowest number in the NFL.

The Cardinals waived injured safety Brandon Person, who tore his ACL Saturday, to make room on the roster.

Presented By
Western Governors University


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Monti Ossenfort speaks at the NFL Combine...

Tyler Drake

NFL mock draft tracker: What will the Cardinals do with the No. 4 pick?

A look at the players being mocked to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 4 overall in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

8 hours ago

Arizona Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort talks to reporters...

Tyler Drake

Monti Ossenfort keeping trade options open as Cardinals’ draft board nears completion

The Arizona Cardinals have about 95% of their draft board completed about a week out from the NFL Draft and continue to look at all avenues.

1 day ago

Monti Ossenfort looks on during the 2023 NFL Draft Combine...

Tyler Drake

Daniel Jeremiah: NFL Draft is Cardinals’ moment to set up franchise for years to come

The 2024 NFL Draft marks a big set-your-franchise-up situation for the Arizona Cardinals, says NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

2 days ago

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill speaks at a press conference...

Tyler Drake

Michael Bidwill: Cardinals ‘aligned on getting this thing right’ in 2024

Michael Bidwill believes the Cardinals aren't that far off from really turning things around under Jonathan Gannon and Monti Ossenfort.

3 days ago

Marvin Harrison Jr....

Nick Borgia

Marvin Harrison Jr. remains Cardinals top pick in latest ESPN mock

With the 2024 NFL draft just around the corner, ESPN's latest mock draft details what could be in store for the Cardinals' first six picks.

3 days ago

Rome Odunze...

Kevin Zimmerman

Peter Schrager’s NFL mock draft has a surprising Cardinals trade-down with Giants

Peter Schrager believes the New York Giants could trade with the Arizona Cardinals, who move down to the No. 6 pick to select Rome Odunze.

4 days ago

Chris Johnson signs with Arizona Cardinals