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Larry Johnson 'excited' by visit with Redskins

The Redskins' attempt to find a complement for Clinton Portis continues today with the scheduled visit of Larry Johnson.

"Larry is extremely excited and anticipates having a great visit with the Redskins," Johnson's agent, Peter Schaffer, said in a phone interview. "He grew up a Redskins fan. He was born in the D.C. area and he's a lifelong fan. To some extent, this could be a dream come true for him.

"He looks forward to meeting with the coaching staff and front office to explore his opportunities, how they would use him and if it's going to be a good fit. Obviously, I will have to hunker down with [General Manager] Bruce Allen and Eric Schaffer [the team's vice president of football administration] to see if we can work out a contract that is fair to both sides."

Willie Parker left the complex without a contract earlier in this week, and it seems Coach Mike Shanahan and Allen are content with letting things play out for a bit. There could be many second- and third-tier free agents left on the market in a couple of months, and since those are the players the team has targeted, Washington should have many options deep into the process.

But Johnson, 30, could be an intriguing option because of his past success as a power runner. If Johnson and the Redskins do not reach an agreement, Johnson is expected to visit the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The presence of another big-name back on the roster might prove to be a source of motivation for Portis. He is coming off a concussion that sidelined him for the final eight games last season.

Portis, 28, reported to training camp out of shape, attempted to have fullback Mike Sellers demoted during a game - prompting a locker-room altercation - and also was critical of quarterback Jason Campbell in a radio interview after the season. Portis is guaranteed $6.4 million of his $7.19 million base salary for the 2010 season.

By Jason Reid  |  March 11, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Free agency , Mike Shanahan  
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Wonderful. A homophobe (johnson) and prima donna (portis) in the backfield.

Posted by: nadeemsx | March 11, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 11, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Whatever.

Larry Johnson is excited because coming to the Redskins means he can channel his inner Smackahoe...

Posted by: RedDMV | March 11, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful. A homophobe (johnson) and prima donna (portis) in the backfield.

Posted by: nadeemsx | March 11, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Just as excited as you are.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | March 11, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

As long as he lays of the F(ag) comments and keeps his head on straight, I don't care. I had no idea he was 30 though! Not exactly a long term solution.

Posted by: Dorf | March 11, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow.. i thought Lisa R was a regular here... how did she get Punked like that.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 11, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

This would be great news if it were 2006.

Posted by: Original_etrod | March 11, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"Rebuild or Super Bowl?"


That's a silly question as without properly doing one, you get do the other.

So let the Redskin Home Depot personnel team remake the team in the shape of a legit winner.

Let's tear this thing down and put it back together again.

Let'em bring in versitile low-cost young guys and a mix of vets who too want to be team members, and not just visiting money-hungry cookie eaters.

Let'em not rush out and hand massive contracts to guys who don't fit what Shanny and Haslett do on both sides of the ball.

After 4-12 and back to back last place finishes, it's time to wipe the team down just to start out fresh all over again.

We need speed and depth.

The rest of the NFC Est is relatively young and replete with playmakers and good quarterbacks: we need to catch up and be able to match up personnel wise or else.

Rebuild or Super Bowl?: that's not even a question, my young pigskin Hamlet.

I say, "Let's rebuild now so we can go bowling later on."

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 11, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

swear it was there....I didn't make it up....SWEAR..I feel like PFT is punking me...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 11, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bsilvanus | March 11, 2010 11:56 AM

Pathetic.

Jcnjcn….now there’s a guy that can put JReid in his place. You could learn a few things from that guy.


Posted by: dlhaze1 | March 11, 2010 12:15 PM

They're both losers.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 11, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly a long term solution.

Posted by: Dorf | March 11, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I dont think anybody in this FA class would be considered a long term solution

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | March 11, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | March 11, 2010 12:16 PM

Bigfoot_has_a_pussy. Thanks to L-S, this is how I'm forced to read your handle.

B_h_a_p- I would say that he's fooled better, but that would be a stretch.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 11, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

lol. Doesn't make much sense, but you still got me laughing.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | March 11, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

S. Alexander 2.0

Posted by: chrislarry | March 11, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow.. i thought Lisa R was a regular here... how did she get Punked like that.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 11, 2010 12:27 PM

Ryp- I know you're a regular here, so I suspect you already know the answer.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 11, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

LOL at the last paragraph of this post.

I guess Clinton hasn't taken J. Reid out for lunch yet.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | March 11, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

JReid wrote;
Portis, 28, attempted to have fullback Mike Sellers demoted during a game and also was critical of quarterback Jason Campbell in a radio interview after the season.
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Whats wrong with that? Looks like he knew more than the coaching staff.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 11, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Considering the age of this years UFA class, there are no long term solutions to be had at any position.

I thought this had been made obvious but I guess not.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 11, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"This would be great news if it were 2006."


So true.

And as with yesterday's question about M Hassleback, how did L Johnson fall so far so fast?

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 11, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Mike Florio
March 11, 2010, 12:01
With the signing of Sean Ryan by the Redskins, you can see the handwriting on the wall for Chris Cooley. Coming off an ankle injury, and with the emergence of Fred Davis, the team has a surplus of talent at the position. We're hearing that the Redskins have an agreement in place to trade Cooley to an AFC team, for a 2011 draft pick that could be as high as a 2nd rounder, based on performance.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 11, 2010 11:57 AM

-------------------------------------------

Am I the only one who noticed that bean boy made his post FOUR MINUTES before Florio posted this on RI???????

Either bean boy is making this stuff up (which seems pretty unlikely), or he can see four minutes into the future. This is a guy I want for my friend.

Hey, bean boy, right now Exxon-Mobil stock is trading for $67.18 a share. What will be the price in four minutes? Should I buy it or short it? I'll split the gains with you.

Posted by: League-Source | March 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

F Larry Johnson... He can watch the Redskins on DirecTV like everyone else that don't live here.

Posted by: tony325 | March 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

ls, if you recall, you're on ignore because of such suggestions....thanks.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 11, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 11, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

And as with yesterday's question about M Hassleback, how did L Johnson fall so far so fast?

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 11, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse


It's called Hermball. What you do is you just run, run, pass, punt on every posession. In 2006 LJ had over 400 carries. That's a lot of carries for any runner but it's way too many for a power runner.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 11, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I am expecting a better team in 2010 than the 2009 Redskins. A good chunk of the problem was playcalling, which as Rabach said yesterday, will be better. I suspect BAMS will address the major talent issue, which is the offensive line, through the draft as well as carefully selected free agents.

The defense is talented enough. The receiving corps is talented enough. Portis could have enough left for another year or two, and Campbell was given a first-round tender, which means that BAMS intends to keep him.

They don't seem to be saying "no" when agents want to have their clients visit Redskins' Park. It seems like this is more of a push by the agents, rather than BAMS having a player of interest invited. Perhaps as a courtesy to their agent, as well as hopes that it pushes up their eventual contract, leaving less room for those teams to sign FA in 2011.

All that said, again, I expect a better, more entertaining team next year than last.

Posted by: dpc2003 | March 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Also, the Redskins don't have a franchise quarterback in place. Shanahan and Allen made that clear when they only gave Jason Campbell a minimum first-round contract tender - not the amount for first- and third-round picks."

Well, I'll disagree with that statement. The first round tender says that the Redskins believe it will take a first-round pick (duh) to replace JC. To me that says BAMS believes he's good enough to start for them next year.

Posted by: dpc2003 | March 11, 2010 12:33 PM

===================================
dpc2003
No Contract Extension, notwithstanding...
It would of only cost the Skins another 124K to put the 3rd round requirement on the RFA Tender. So, by not doing so, Skins send a "lets make a deal" signal every GM recognizes..

If BA and MS wanted JC, the 2 year Contract Extension would be done by now.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 11, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

If BA and MS wanted JC, the 2 year Contract Extension would be done by now.


Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | March 11, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I think after a 4-12 season, anyone is replaceable on this team for the right offer, and just because he has a 1st round tender, doesn't mean that a team has to give up their first round pick.. it is all negotiable.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | March 11, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

beep beep means new thread

Posted by: dcsween | March 11, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I think after a 4-12 season, anyone is replaceable on this team for the right offer, and just because he has a 1st round tender, doesn't mean that a team has to give up their first round pick.. it is all negotiable.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | March 11, 2010 1:03 PM
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Exactly G_ddamn right.
- Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Now

Posted by: shanks1 | March 11, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happier to see "GRANDMAMA" Larry Johnson.

Posted by: mjv18610 | March 11, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Come on Jason Reid before writing why don't you ensure that your information is credible, no matter what you feel towards Portis most of what you wrote below is totally inaccurate, I heard the interview live on the John Thompson Show where he in no way disrespected JC he actually applauded him for being tough it is irresponsible reporting by people like you who contributed to this nonsense ...
As big as Sellers a#$ is Portis had every right to call him out because if you watch the film or games closely you would see Sellers consistantly blocking air! As far as the way Portis reported this may not have been best but it says a lot about the previous coaching staff that would allow Sellers to block AIR!!!!!!!!!!!

Portis, 28, reported to training camp out of shape, attempted to have fullback Mike Sellers demoted during a game - prompting a locker-room altercation - and also was critical of quarterback Jason Campbell in a radio interview after the season. Portis is guaranteed $6.4 million of his $7.19 million base salary for the 2010 season

Posted by: BeatDontStop | March 11, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Ladell Betts is better than any of these chumps they're brining in for backing up Portis. I don't get it.

Posted by: harbirsingh | March 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

LJ would be great. Who cares if he made homphobic comments. Guess what he aint the only professional athlete thats a homophobic (he went about it the wrong way lets get over that part of his life). I would like to see LJ , release Portis maybe bring in a Parker or draft toby gerhart

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | March 11, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

LJ would be great. Who cares if he made homphobic comments. Guess what he aint the only professional athlete thats a homophobic (he went about it the wrong way lets get over that part of his life). I would like to see LJ , release Portis maybe bring in a Parker or draft toby gerhart

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | March 11, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Ladell Betts is better than any of these chumps they're brining in for backing up Portis. I don't get it."

Maybe there is something going on with that knee that they aren't saying. He did have ACL surgery if I am not mistaken.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 11, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Does every blog post have to have this dribble in it when talking about the RB position:

"Portis, 28, reported to training camp out of shape, attempted to have fullback Mike Sellers demoted during a game - prompting a locker-room altercation - and also was critical of quarterback Jason Campbell in a radio interview after the season."

We get it, we lived it as fans. You're not getting people on this site that aren't fans of the Skins so they know all this. I know you're trying to fill space and make it look like your on top of things but for three weeks you've told us who is visiting, debated taking a QB or OT, mentioned Portis' 2009 season 100 times and mentioned that we're taking a patient approach to free agency 50 times. Answer me this Mr. Reid/Cindy. Before Haynesworth, when was the last "big name" free agent we signed. Please, fill me in on that. I used to enjoy the news from this site but once you lost competition in The Times you've gotten lazy. You can't even meet with the new GM.

Posted by: 6-2StackMonster | March 11, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

We Are.....!

Posted by: CowboyKiller | March 12, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

So glad we didn't sign Willie Parker... He was not a smart runner and occasionally fumbled. As for Johnson, I would rather the Skins seek a younger back that will provide more mileage in the years to come. If Portis doesn't pan out after this year... Progress forward with youth and new energy.

Posted by: mbriscoe4 | March 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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