The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Larry Johnson after his two week suspension for his anti-gay remarks on Twitter and repetition of those remarks about his coach the following day to the media. Adam Ostrow from Mashable has the breakdown of Larry Johnson's Tweets that had him suspended and ultimately released from the team.
I was hoping to see some follow up from Larry Johnson after his suspension and release, but @ToonIcon has blocked his tweets from being seen by the public. You must now be following LJ in order to see his tweets and I'm sure after this incident, Johnson won't be allowing anyone to follow him to prevent this from happening again in the future. It's sad that he had to place a privacy protection on his twitter account as opposed to just watching what he says.
What's Next For LJ
Much like Corey Dillon, Randy Moss and a few others, Larry Johnson could come to New England under Bill Belichick and re-establishing his career while becoming a better person, player and champion. Larry Johnson is still a great runner on a poorly designed team. Since the move from full time back to split back with players like Priest Holmes and Jamaal Charles, LJ's rushing yards have declined over the past four seasons. Even with only 12 games under his belt in 2008, Larry Johnson rushed for 874 yards with 5 TD's. Johnson is 29 years old with seven years of experience in the league. There's enough left in the tank that LJ could be an effective back for a team in need like the New England Patriots.
With some former Patriots in Kansas City on and off the field, I'm sure that Belichick is speaking with Scott Pioli, Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel about the character of Larry Johnson and whether or not he would be a good fit in New England. With Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris out, Kevin Faulk is still doing his thing out of the backfield and BenJarvus Green-Ellis has not played as well as he had last season. Laurence Maroney is starting to take the criticism given by many, including myself and has been doing less two-step and more plodding forward through the hole, whether it's there or not.
Will Johnson Come To New England
Although Larry Johnson fits the mold of every other aging athlete that comes to the Patriots to flourish toward the tail end of his career, I don't think he'll end up in New England. Teams like the Seahawks, Redskins and Raiders are just a few of the teams that running backs go to die. With many teams in the league needing a running back like Larry Johnson's talent, I can't see the patriots bringing in a sixth running back to try and solve their problems. Johnson could help the Patriots running game, it's just not in the cards at the moment to bring him in.
Thanks to kansas_city_royalty for the picture of Larry Johnson and the Kansas City Chiefs.