Arizona Cardinals retain RB Chris Johnson

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 18, 2016 at 12:57 AM
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Chris Johnson tested the waters with the Miami Dolphins, but the free agent running back decided to remain with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals announced Thursday that they agreed to terms with Johnson on a one-year contract. The team did not disclose financial terms.

Johnson visited Miami on Wednesday, but the Dolphins failed to lure him away from Arizona. He ran for 814 yards and three touchdowns on 196 carries in 11 games last season for the Cardinals, including four 100-yard games, before he suffered a fractured tibia in December.

Johnson is the second free agent running back that the Dolphins were unable to land. Restricted free agent C.J. Anderson signed a four-year offer sheet with Miami but the Denver Broncos matched it to retain Anderson's services.

With rookie running back David Johnson emerging late in the season for the Cardinals, 30-year-old Chris Johnson is likely to play a reduced role next season.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection and former All-Pro has rushed for 9,442 yards and 54 touchdowns on 2,093 carries in his eight-year NFL career with the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Cardinals.

In 2009, Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards and had an NFL-record 2,429 yards from scrimmage with the Titans.

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