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Larry Johnson: Teaming with Portis would "be awesome"

Larry Johnson's visit with the Redskins began with a meet-and-greet dinner Thursday night, and continued with baseline seats at the Wizards-Hawks game that night. Wizards tickets used to be a bit more of a perk than they are just now, but Johnson did get to meet ESPN 980's Lauren Houlon, who asked the 30-year old running back about potentially sharing a backfield with Clinton Portis.

"That'd be awesome," Johnson said. "There hasn't been a real good running back tandem in the league [for a while]. There's always been one guy or three guys. It'd be just like how me and Priest Holmes was way back in the day. It'd be nice to be able to play aside somebody like that."

Johnson was born in D.C. and raised in Pomfret Waldorf, and he told Houlon that he was more of an Orioles fan than a Bullets fan as a kid. But yeah, you can probably guess what football team he supported.

"It's funny, the first baby outfit I ever was put in was a Redskins outfit," he said. "And that's all we watched, was Redskins and Cowboys in our house, so I grew up a Redskins fan."

Johnson said he is scheduled to visit Oakland on Sunday, but he would be happy if the Redskins did something to prevent him from getting on a plane.

"We'll see how that works out, and if they're impressed with the overall outlook as far as what they see as my future in this city and with this team, then we'll go from there," he told Houlon. "I've known and have a lot of respect for Mike Shanahan and the things that he did in Denver. Of course I played against him numerous times, so I've been able to know that he comes with that fire and comes with that enthusiasm [about] turning this organization around. As far as me, just being some sort of local product a little bit and being able to be excited about the change that's going on down here."

(Listen to the audio here.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 12, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
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Comments

First, Middle, Last.... Who cares... Draft a late round RB

Posted by: elda75 | March 12, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Okay, if LJ is signed, who's gonna help pitch in for a size 500 Redskins onezy?

anybody?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 12, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

He's one angry dude and nobody knows why, but it apparently goes back at least as far as his days at State College Area High. He sure was fun to watch in 2002, but this alum just doesn't have any respect for him.

His father, the Nittany Lions d-line coach, is just the opposite and probably a strong candidate to be the next Penn State head coach.

Posted by: doubleuefwhy | March 12, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

LJ left out the fact that his Dad's only year in the pros was as a Redskin. His Dad coached McDonough High in Chuck County for years before moving on to Penn State.

Posted by: jdumb | March 12, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it might be impressive to see a healthy and motivated CP26 teamed with anyone in the Redskins backfield... but I also expect that CP26 will (again) be a no-show for substantial parts of the off-season conditioning, pre-season practices, exhibition games, mid-week practice sessions and game days. There's apparently nothing that guaranteed money contract that requires CP26 to dress out and play for his paycheck.

Posted by: Vic1 | March 12, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

If they can can him to a performance based deal then, why not?

Posted by: shanks1 | March 12, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know if this guy had to take any anger management classes? He has done some pretty lousy things. I imagine he still has something in the tank, but should we really take a chance on a 30 year old RB with known personality issues?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"There hasn't been a real good running back tandem in the league [for a while]. There's always been one guy or three guys. It'd be just like how me and Priest Holmes was way back in the day. It'd be nice to be able to play aside somebody like that."


Carolina - Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are pretty good, no?

Posted by: ttassa | March 12, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

It would also be real interesting to see how Johnson, a known homophobe, lines up behind Campbell...

Posted by: Vic1 | March 12, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

LJ keep on moving! And I wish CP was being traded. If a rebuilding is really going to take place, start ALL over.

Posted by: hoganincharge | March 12, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

At one time I had hoped the Skins could land LJ in draft. Seven years later, I'm hoping they avoid this guy. Honestly, can you imagine having two egotistical running backs (at the end of their careers) vying for playing time? But hey, if he impresses the front office and lands himself a contract in DC, I wish him nothing but success.

Posted by: MillBurray | March 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

First of all LJ we have a lot of clubs and nice looking black women in this town,so signing you might put some nice looking woman in fear. Because LJ you like to spit and put your hands on women. So go to Oakland where the nightlife is laid back, but the gang bangers will kill you if you put your hands on any of their women out there. Peace!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 12, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

What you couldn't hear LJ say because the discussions were internal to the Park, "Please, please, please don't make me go to Oakland."

Posted by: dcsween | March 12, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Johnson and Portis would have been an awesome fantasy football backfield in 2005. In 2010 though, I'm not so sure.

Posted by: DCUMD | March 12, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

For one year it might work.

Posted by: thecomedian1 | March 12, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Too bad that Gilbert Arenas doesn't play running back - that would make the Three Stooges

Posted by: nativedc | March 12, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Might as well sign T.O. and keep the 'Diva Diaries' going now...Tortoise ain't enough of a drama queen, now you bring on a woman-beating malcontent who can't hold his liquor??

epic FAIL

Posted by: kahlua87 | March 12, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Give the guy a second chance. Every one deserves one. Personally, I wish LJ well.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | March 12, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Substitute racist remarks from a white player for the homophobic remarks attributed to LJ. Do you think ANY team in the NFL would EVER sign such a player.

Its 2010.

There should be no place for blatant homophobes in the NFL or with the Redskins.

Sadly, that is not true.

And not just in sports. Just look at the governor and attorney general for the state of Virginia.

Posted by: Tackle | March 13, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

MAYBE THIS WILL WORK FOR ONE YEAR , NOW SOMEONE EMAIL ME AND TELL ME WHO IS THE 3RD DOWN BACK ? I THOUGHT LT & SPORALS IN SD WAS A GREAT BACKFIELD . GMGM & SHANEY MUST HAVE HAD THIS IN THEIR PLANS BUT WHATS THE DIFF'S BETWEEN LJ & BETTS ? MONEY IS THE CORRECT ANSWER. WE STILL NEED TO DRAFT A LATE ROUND RB . SHANEY IS FAMOUS FOR FINDING THEM & TURNING THEM INTO A GREAT RB THEN TRADING THEM FOR PICKS HIGHER THEN THE PICK WAS . CAN LJ & PORTIS STILL READ ZONE BLOCKING SCHEMES . WITH LJ HERE AND WITH WORKOUTS STARTING MONDAY I BET GM & SHANEY WILL USE LJ ATTENDANCE ON CP . NOW WITH LJ GM CAN SHOW CP THE DOOR

Posted by: terryreece | March 13, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

HOW MANY YOU WILLING TO BET THAT CP WILL BE IN TOWN FOR MONDAYS FIRST WORKOUT ?

Posted by: terryreece | March 13, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey Folks lets give him a chance!!! At least we know that he ain't scared to run people over. I am a season ticket holder and a to see a third down back or someone to give cp a blow is a welcome. Rock Laid down and betts only produced when he was the feature back that shows me they were all about them not the team. I would like to see them give Randy Tomas and incentive laden Contract to help mentor some young talent. Look a Terrell Owens he went to Bufflo and we didn't hear squat out of him. Less Media That is the kind of team he needs to go to. I look for the lions or bears to make a splash for him he is still an animal look at his body he works out he will be like number 4 Favre get signed at the end of training camp with someone and still make an impression

Posted by: bert3 | March 13, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Draft O-Linemen! F-Dallas!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | March 13, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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