Sadly, this is a question that must be answered on a weekly and contractual basis: Is this guy worth it?
Where it is something along the lines of a circus or a few guaranteed controversies or a fight or a flagrant penalty that costs a game. Something that just screws up the team a little and even though the defense or the offense didn't play that well, causes fans and the media to grumble that said guy's antics probably had an effect, somehow.
A lot of people thought Andy Reid should have been fired for suspending Jackson for a game because he missed a team meeting.
Folks, Reid wasn't asking Jackson to paint his house. He asked him to show up on time for a meeting—and if you're going to be late, you know, call. When you're a team billed as this year's Dream Team or something close and the wheels are coming off (or have already flown off), do you really need your standout receiver blowing off meetings?
Not to mention not showing up for training camp on time (with no initial explanation).
Tough to stomach that kind of crap from a guy with only 591 receiving yards and two measly touchdowns coming into today.
What a ridiculous gesture today. I explain more about my thinking here.
But in short, no team, especially a team like the Bills that started the season so promising and then have taken a collective crap on themselves, needs this kind of drama filtering into the locker room. Hopefully this blows over and Buffalo can go back to righting the ship.
Though, Johnson isn't necessarily helping. He has only four touchdowns coming into today and is averaging 54 yards per contest. At least start producing, Stevie, before you making light of someone shooting themself.
Hey Chris, remember that time you held out in the preseason, for a really long time? Yeah, and that time that your team was trying to rebuild and you demanded that you get paid like the best running back in the league? And then the Titans acquiesced, giving you $53.5 million over four years and guaranteeing $30 million of it?
And then remember that time you had 509 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games?
Yeah, I'm sure there are a few good excuses, but that's complete crap.
Over the last five years, it is statistically more likely that Cedric Benson will be arrested than he won't. In 2008, he was arrested for driving a boat drunk and then resisting arrest. Then a couple months later, he was pulled over for driving a car drunk. In 2010, he allegedly punched a bartender. In 2011, he was arrested for scuffling with a former roommate.
Weigh all that against a guy who's crested 1000 yards only twice in seven years and never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season.
I know he's not in the league right now. But he shall always be on this list. Always.