The Washington Redskins have decided to move on without Larry Johnson. The team announced that they have cut the former All-Pro running-back on Tuesday.
Johnson only received five carriers this season and has managed to produce a meager two yards. The Redskins released another veteran back, Willie Parker, during the preseason.
The Redskins signed Chad Simpson who was recently released by the Buffalo Bills. Simpson has been a solid contributor on special teams which may have been one of reasons that the team decided to let Johnson go.
During Sunday’s game Johnson lost ten yards while trying to shift direction on a play. The problem was that the team was up by ten points and was trying to run down the clock but found themselves in a passing situation because of the loss of yards. The Redskins went on to lose the game in overtime.
Johnson released a statement through his agent that expressed his disappointment with the team’s decision.
“I’m very upset, didn’t see this coming,” Johnson said in a statement released through his agent. “But most importantly this is where I wanted to end my career, a place where I was born and raised most of my life. … So all my eggs were in this basket.”
Teams may look to add some depth as the season goes on but veteran backs aren’t currently in high demand so he may have to wait a while longer to find a job.