Legendary former Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson will become a free agent after his current contract with the Kansas City Chiefs expires next month.
Johnson, a 4-time Pro Bowler who is the franchise leader in career tackles, has competed for the Chiefs for 13 seasons.
“Few players in recent history have meant more to the Chiefs franchise and the Kansas City community than Derrick Johnson,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “His tireless work ethic and passion for the game made him one of the most productive defensive players to ever wear a Chiefs uniform and one of the most respected players both in our locker room and around the league.
“Over the last 13 seasons, Derrick represented himself and the Chiefs organization with integrity and class, and he will always be a part of our Chiefs family.”
Johnson, who turned 35 in November, played in 182 games and 169 starts with the Chiefs. During his career, he notched 27.5 sacks, 40 quarterback pressures, 14 interceptions – returning four of those returned for touchdowns – 23 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.
Standout career with Texas
During his career with the Longhorns, he was one of the greatest players in school history. He was a four-year starter from 2001-04 who earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and the Butkus Award as the nation’s top LB as a senior in 2004. During that season he was a consensus All-American, a finalist for the Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player), the Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman) and the Lott Trophy (defensive player of the year).
Even leaving the Chiefs, don’t be surprised if the Waco, Texas, native finds another place to continue his career. Johnson still has a lot of football left to provide to an NFL franchise.
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