The Miami Dolphins did not land their first choice of free agent running backs on Tuesday when the Denver Broncos matched the offer sheet the team had signed with restricted free agent C.J. Anderson. The move by the Broncos kept Anderson in Denver on a 4-year, $18-million contract, and it meant Miami was back to the drawing board on finding a running back who would split carries in 2016 with Jay Ajayi. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team appears to be moving on to their next choice:
After missing out on CJ Anderson, Dolphins moving in on another CJ: former Cards' RB Chris Johnson, who's visiting Miami today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2016
Johnson spent the 2015 season with the Arizona Cardinals, where he looked sharp early in the season but hit a wall down the stretch. He finished the year with 196 carries for 814 yards with three touchdowns; he also caught 6 passes for 58 yards. Prior to joining the Cardinals, Johnson spent one season with the New York Jets after six seasons with the Tennessee Titans, including his 2009 campaign where he tallied 2,006 yards rushing on 358 carries, both league highs for that year.
For his career, Johnson has 9,442 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns and a 4.5 yards per carry average. He has caught 302 passes for 2,212 yards with another 9 scores.