Derrick Johnson, Raiders Reportedly Agree to Contract; Spent 13 Years on Chiefs

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 10:  Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets set on defense against the Oakland Raiders during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders and free-agent linebacker Derrick Johnson reportedly agreed to terms on a contract Friday, according to NFL Network's Mike Silver

Levi Damien of SB Nation reported, per Yahoo Sports' Terez Paylor, that Johnson's deal is for one year and $3 million.

Johnson, 35, spent the first 13 years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs

Coming off the second torn Achilles of his career, Johnson registered 71 total tackles and seven pass breakups while playing 76.8 percent of the Chiefs' defensive snaps a season ago. That mark ranked second among all linebackers on the team behind Justin Houston

By adding Johnson to the fold, the Raiders may be signaling a willingness to play free-agent signee Tahir Whitehead on the weak side.

If that's the case, Johnson would make sense as a NaVorro Bowman replacement at middle linebacker who can clog running lanes on early downs. 

Johnson's arrival also means the Silver and Black have now signed seven players older than 30 years old in free agency as new head coach Jon Gruden continues to eye an expedited route to Super Bowl contention. 

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