If you can’t get the C.J. you want, get the C.J. you can.
That’s the Dolphins’ thinking Wednesday, as they have summoned veteran running back Chris Johnson to Davie for a visit, as ESPN first reported. As of Wednesday evening, the team had neither announced the visit’s completion or a deal, suggesting that the meeting was still ongoing.
Johnson, 30, is one of the most accomplished active running backs in football. He is 558 yards shy of 10,000 for his career and has 54 touchdowns.
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Some might be worried that he’s in decline, but even in his eighth NFL season last year, he would have still been the Dolphins’ most productive running back. He rushed for 814 yards and averaged 4.2 yards per carry for the Cardinals in 2015.
The Dolphins have moved on to Plan B (or perhaps C) at the position after the Broncos blocked C.J. Anderson on Tuesday, matching the Dolphins’ four-year, $18 million contract.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins — despite public and private assurances that Ryan Tannehill is their quarterback going forward — might be keeping their options open at the position.
The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that Michigan State’s Connor Cook is coming in for a private workout for the team. Industry insiders say Cook could go anywhere from the first through third rounds. Cook’s pro day was Wednesday. He also met privately with the Dolphins at the Scouting Combine, Cook wrote on The MMQB.
Of course, it’s already a crowded quarterbacks room. After Matt Moore signed a two-year deal to return to the team Tuesday, the Dolphins now have four quarterbacks on their roster: Tannehill, Moore, Logan Thomas and Zac Dysert.
In other news, former University of Miami linebacker Sean Spence signed with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday. He had visited with the Dolphins over the weekend.