The Titans have announced that Johnson is retiring, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Johnson, a 2015 first-round pick, spent his first four seasons with the Texans before playing the previous two in Buffalo and Cleveland. He signed a one-year contract with the Titans in March but has not participated in any of the team's OTAs. We now have an answer why, as he has seemingly been contemplating retirement. The 28-year-old will end his career with 191 tackles (145 solo), 1.5 sacks, 22 passes defensed and one interception across 64 games.
Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Titans on Thursday according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Signing with Tennessee permits Johnson the opportunity to face his former team of four years, the Texans, at least two times per season. Johnson has performed well as a rotational defensive back for Buffalo and Cleveland the past two years, containing opponents to a 60.2 percent completion rate while conceding only one touchdown pass over 88 targets.
Johnson won't be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Johnson and Denzel Ward will miss a second straight game while on the reserve list. Robert Jackson and Terrance Mitchell (personal), who is expected to play, are slated to start at cornerback against the Steelers' strong receiver corps.
Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus, which is why he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports. It appears Johnson's positive tests surfaced Saturday, meaning he'll be out for the first round of playoffs as well, if the Browns make it. Denzel Ward is also on the reserve list, so Terrance Mitchell, Robert Jackson and Tavierre Thomas are expected to handle expanded roles in Sunday's matchup against the Steelers.
Johnson (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. The 28-year-old will miss Sunday's matchup with the Steelers, which is a big loss since Denzel Ward (illness) is also on the COVID list. The Browns need to secure a spot in the playoffs for Johnson to have a chance of seeing the field again this season. A.J. Green was elevated to the active roster to bolster Cleveland's depth at cornerback.
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