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Draft Scout Derrick Johnson News
02/20/18 - LB Derrick Johnson took to social media to thank the team and its fans after playing 13 NFL seasons in the City of Fountains. The Chiefs announced last week that the four-time Pro Bowl selection would be allowed to become a free agent when his contract with the club expires at the start of the new league year on March 14. "I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt family for supporting me since 2005," the 35-year-old Johnson wrote on Instagram. "The Love you showed a young kid from Texas, really allowed me to have a home away from home. Chiefs Kingdom you will be truly missed. Trust me I wish I could play for the Chiefs forever but that's not the reality. However God has been blessing me for a long time in KC and my trust will remain in the man upstairs. #13greatyears #easilymotivated#notdoneyet"
02/13/18 - LB Derrick Johnson will become a free agent when his contract with the club expires at the start of the new league year on March 14. It ends Johnson's 13-year run with the Chiefs. Johnson, 35, told The Kansas City Star on Tuesday that he was informed recently of the team's decision by general manager Brett Veach. Johnson signed a three-year, $21 million contract extension in March 2016. But when he restructured that deal a year ago, he freed up $4.25 million and voided the third year of the contract. Johnson is the franchise's all-time leading tackler, compiling 1,262 career stops, including 993 solo tackles, in his 13 seasons with the Chiefs (2005-17). He earned four Pro Bowl berths with the club.
11/20/17 - LB Derrick Johnson and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis split playing time down the middle against the Giants in the Will linebacker role.
Johnson played a season-low 35 snaps with Pierre-Louis playing 34 snaps. Head coach Andy Reid plans to continue rotating his inside linebackers to keep everyone fresh and playing more aggressively downhill.
09/09/17 - LB Derrick Johnson, playing his first full game following an Achilles tendon rupture last season, played all 81 defensive snaps against New England. He said he was very pleased with the performance in his first game back.
09/06/17 - LB Derrick Johnson enters the season with 1,191 combined tackles for his career including 945 solo tackles.
The 12-year veteran has never recorded fewer than 65 tackles in a full season as a starter, putting him within reach of the 1,000-tackle mark later this season. He's the all-time leading tackler in Chiefs' franchise history.