Redskins cut RB Johnson, sign RB Simpson

Posted Sept. 21, 2010 @ 5:46 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Redskins have cut veteran RB Larry Johnson and signed RB Chad Simpson. Johnson, a two-time Pro Bowler, had two rushes for minus-seven yards in the Week Two loss to the Texans.

Simpson played in 25 games the last two seasons with the Colts, totaling 147 yards rushing and three TDs. He also was their top kick returner, returning 38 kicks in 2009 for 898 yards and a TD.

"We appreciate Larry's attitude and contributions to the Redskins," said Redskins Executive Vice President/GM Bruce Allen. "However, we needed to make a roster move in preparation for this week's game against the Rams."

The way we see it

Johnson simply was not getting it done behind starter Clinton Portis. Portis is the third-down back for the 'Skins, so L.J. could only be the first- and second-down backup. He has clearly lost his burst ever since his 416-carry 2006 campaign. Simpson, meanwhile, can catch the ball and play special teams.