Chris Johnson’s tweet in support of Adrian Peterson ends up backfiring.
Apparently, nobody taught Chris Johnson to be careful what you wish for when he was younger. The former Cardinals running back was released by Arizona following the team making a trade for 32-year-old Adrian Peterson. Now, what’s a little hilarious about all of this is, just last month, Johnson tweeted in favor of Peterson getting more carries.
Ironically, Peterson is set to get more touches. However, those touches are thanks to the release of Johnson. The Cardinals pulled the trigger on the AD deal early Tuesday and Arizona sent a draft pick to New Orleans for the veteran back. Peterson, who landed in New Orleans this offseason, was unhappy with the number of touches he was receiving in New Orleans. Therefore, the Cardinals saw the opportunity and seized it.
Arizona’s offense has suffered heavily due to the injury to star running back David Johnson. With Johnson’s timetable for return unknown, the Cardinals quickly made a move on Peterson. The belief around the league is that Peterson strengthens Arizona’s backfield significantly. The Cardinals believe that the former Vikings man still has a bit left in the tank.
All things considered, the releasing of Johnson does not come as a surprise to anybody. The 32-year-old is a shell of his former Tennessee self and hasn’t been an established NFL starter since 2015. When Chris Johnson went down with an injury in 2015, it was David Johnson who became the clear favorite as the ‘RB1′ for head coach Bruce Arians’ team. Johnson was released by Arizona in 2016 before returning to the team this season by virtue of injury. He averaged just 2.5 yards per carry this season and the news of this release is surely the final nail in the ‘CJ2K’ career coffin. Meanwhile, AP has a chance to revamp his career.