The Kansas City Chiefs will allow linebacker Derrick Johnson, a former Texas Longhorns legend, to enter free agency on March 14.
The team announced Tuesday that it would not be retaining the 35-year-old linebacker. He has played his entire 13-year NFL career in Kansas City since being drafted No. 15 overall in 2005. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said Johnson “will always be a part of our Chiefs family.”
Johnson had kind words for the Chiefs franchise and fans, as well as his teammates.
“I’m grateful I had the opportunity to spend 13 years in a place I love,” Johnson said in a statement released by the teams. “I plan on playing for several more years because I love this game so much, but I look forward to retiring as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs when my career is over. I’ll miss my Chiefs teammates – we made a lot of big plays together over the years – and I wish them the best in bringing a championship home to the best and loudest fans in the NFL.”
Johnson holds Kansas City’s franchise record for tackles with 1,262. He has been to the Pro Bowl four times since he entered the league, most recently in 2015.
The former Texas star won the Butkus Award and the Nagurski Trophy in 2004, as well Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was a two-time consensus All-American.
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