Free Agent Analysis

On a good team <!--Default NodeId For Leon Johnson is 292214,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292214]>Leon Johnson</A> can be a backup running back, but the veteran isn't an every down player as he displayed over the team's final four games of the year.

Johnson was thrust into a starting role when Anthony Thomas' season came to an end because of a broken index finger. During that span Johnson carried 54 times for an average of 2.77 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone just once.

The problem is that Thomas and Johnson have similar power running styles. Meaning opposing defenses don't need to adjust to either back.

As a punt and kick returner Johnson isn't a threat to break a long return. He's reliable when it comes to catching the ball, although, the ball that hit off his facemask in Week 3 might have been the single biggest turnover of the season.

With Thomas due back by April's mini-camp the team may decide to add more speed in the backfield.

Adrian Peterson showed well in limited action, but like Thomas and Johnson is considered a power runner.

If the coaching staff trusts Peterson to learn blitz protection, something he struggled with as a rookie, then he could be the backup to Thomas.

The Bears could still acquire a speedier back via free agency or the draft.

Likelihood of Johnson returning: 50-50

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