In the wake of last weekend's injury to running back Cedric Benson, who entered Sunday's game vs. the Steelers ranked as the NFL's second-leading rusher, the Bengals have signed former Pro-Bowler Larry Johnson, whose production has declined steadily but precipitously over the past two years.
Let's see ... is this a good move for the Bengals? ... considering Johnson is or might be (choose one or all):
- A chronic prima donna
- Now a backup, and probably even inactive for most games, which is not likely to sit well with him
- A perpetual self-absorbed "me-first" whiner
- Considered by people in Kansas City as a "cancer in the locker room" (see especially the reader comments in the story link)
- Worn out, old and over the hill, with too many miles (and hits) on his wheels
- Did we say "old" (he turns 30 on Thursday) for a running back, especially considering the number of hits he's endured over the years behind woeful offensive lines at Kansas City
- A potential threat to Cincinnati's newfound, feel-good locker-room chemistry
- Dogged by controversy, off-the-field problems and conflicts with various coaches throughout his career
- Angry, sullen, racist and homophobic; paranoid with a persecution complex
- In a role now, according to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, whereby he "...would be used as a fourth running back and an opportunity as a backup player on this football team doing all the things backup players do, and that's work their tails off in the kicking game and showing looks [on the scout team] and so forth that way. And then he would be an insurance policy if something would happen down the line to one of our guys where he'd have a chance to be active."
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?