The Packers are seeking a running back to fill the vacancy left by Ahman Green, who signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans in March. Johnson, who turns 28 on Nov. 19, reportedly wants out of Kansas City, and the Chiefs are unwilling to meet his contract demands that exceed the eight-year, $65 million deal that league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson received two years ago. It is believed that Johnson wants an eight-year, $85 million contract.
If the Packers and Chiefs agree on a trade, it is likely that a verbal agreement on a contract between Johnson and the Packers would have to be in place. Messages left with Johnson's agent, Alvin Keels, were not returned today.
The Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and possibly New York Giants also have shown interest in Johnson, according to reports.
Vernand Morency, Noah Herron, P.J. Pope and Arliss Beach are currently Green Bay's top running backs. Only Morency has starting experience – two games last season. The Packers are expected to select California's Marshawn Lynch with the 16th overall pick … if they don't deal their pick away.
Johnson was selected in the first round (27th overall) by the Chiefs in the 2003 NFL Draft. He worked his way into the starting lineup in 2004 behind Priest Holmes, and has rushed for more than 1,700 yards in each of his last two seasons, and 37 touchdowns. However, Johnson is not the best blocker and sometimes has problems catching the ball out of the backfield.
The Chiefs have tried to work out a deal with Johnson, but Chiefs insiders say that the running back will not be in uniform for Kansas City in 2007.