The Broncos placed a second-round tender on Johnson on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
This move was expected, as it offers the Broncos the right of first refusal if Johnson receives an offer sheet on the open market. Johnson will receive $3.3 million in base salary in 2021 unless a better offer comes around, though that seems unlikely given that the other team would forfeit a second-round pick to the Broncos by signing him. Johnson led the team with 124 tackles last season, and he's poised to be a full-time starter again next year.
The Broncos are expected to place a second-round tender on restricted free agent Johnson, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Johnson's base salary for a one-year deal will now be set at $3.3 million, as Denver takes an initial step toward retaining its leading tackler from a season ago. Additionally, should Johnson leave town for an offer the Broncos prove unwilling to match, a second-round pick will be coming back Denver's way. GM George Patton still may aspire to add an effective coverage linebacker to the fold during free agency or the draft. With the second-round tender commitment to Johnson, it becomes more taxing to pry away one of the team's surest run stoppers.
Johnson finished the 2020 season with 124 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, two forced fumbles and six passes defensed.
Johnson had big shoes to fill after the Broncos made the surprise decision to move on from Todd Davis. He ended up filling in admirably, leading the team in tackles for the first time in his career while also helping out in the passing game and delivering some big hits. His ability to fill up the stat sheet makes him a strong fit for Vic Fangio's scheme, which relies on athletic inside-linebacker play. He figures to try to repeat his performance in 2021 as -- with little depth behind him -- the team is likely to tender him at a competitive level.
Johnson made eight tackles (seven solo) and forced a fumble in Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Saints.
Johnson popped the ball out of Latavius Murray's hands on the Saints' second offensive drive to record his second forced fumble of the year. The 28-year-old linebacker also reached the eight-tackle threshold for the sixth time in seven games, continuing to provide fantasy managers a solid floor. Johnson has 92 tackles through 11 games, sitting just one stop shy of tying his career high in the category.
Johnson made nine tackles -- one for a loss -- in Sunday's 18-12 win over the Patriots.
Johnson leads the Broncos with 38 total tackles through five games, and he's added a sack as well. The 28-year-old linebacker posted 93 tackles last season, and now he's taken another step, leaving him on pace for 121 stops this year. Johnson plays nearly every snap since Todd Davis is no longer in Denver, and the production has followed, so fantasy managers in IDP formats should have their eyes on him.
Johnson recorded eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Steelers.
Johnson tied safety Justin Simmons for team lead in tackles Sunday, playing every defensive snap as a staple of the Broncos' defense. Johnson was a breakout candidate prior to the season and, barring injuries, looks well on his way to surpassing the 100-tackle threshold in 2020.
Johnson recorded a team-high 12 tackles in Monday's 16-13 loss to the Titans.
The 28-year-old linebacker posted 93 tackles over 15 games last season, and the release of Todd Davis earlier in September provided Johnson a chance to break out further in 2020. He's taking advantage early, as he was all over the field in the primetime showdown. Johnson played all 81 snaps Monday, and, if he suits up in 16 games this year, he should easily surpass the 100-tackle threshold.
Johnson tallied 93 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception and three passes defensed in 2019.
Believing Johnson to be too raw, head coach Vic Fangio did not have Johnson suit up for a game until Week 5 against the Chargers. He quickly responded with a clutch interception in the end zone against Los Angeles and 1.5 sacks against Tennessee the following week. The Broncos caught a lot of flack for not drafting an inside linebacker in the 2019 draft, but Johnson seems to be the kind of stat-sheet filling weapon that the Broncos needed to complement Todd Davis, who is at his best playing downhill. The Broncos might add some depth to the linebacking corps in the offseason, but Johnson -- who is under contract for another season before hitting restricted free agency -- seems to be the future at the position in Denver.
Johnson (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Johnson began the week as a limited practice participant but will be good to go for Week 15. The 27-year-old has been battling the knee issue for the last few weeks, but the injury hasn't forced him to miss any games.
Johnson (knee) was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice.
Johnson was limited last week prior to Denver's win over the Texans, when he suited up and provided both five tackles (two solo) and a forced fumble. He should be good to go again in Week 15, but his situation will continue to be monitored.
Johnson (knee) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup against the Texans, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Johnson upgraded to a full participant in Friday's practice. The 27-year-old is on track to draw his usual start at inside linebacker against the Texans on Sunday.
Johnson (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Johnson played through the knee injury during Sunday's win over the Chargers, but he still racked up nine tackles. The 27-year-old seems likely to power through the injury again Week 14.
Johnson revealed his left knee injury affected his tackling and mobility during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Chargers, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Johnson still played all 66 defensive snaps and recorded nine tackles during the divisional win. The 27-year-old linebacker admitted he likely won't be full strength for Week 14's clash against the Texans but said he'll tough it out again.
Johnson (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
After not practicing until Friday and only working in a limited capacity during that session, Johnson recovered enough for this divisional clash. Johnson has been superb lately with 33 tackles (18 solo) over his last three games, and this will be Johnson's first time starting without Von Miller (knee) on his side.
Johnson (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Johnson's only practice of the week was a limited session Friday, leaving his status for Sunday firmly up in the air. Josey Jewell (ankle) is also questionable, which could end up testing the Broncos' depth at inside linebacker.
Johnson (knee) is not practicing Thursday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Johnson suffered a knee injury late during Week 12's loss to the Bills, and he hasn't yet resumed practicing. If the 27-year-old linebacker were forced to miss Sunday's tilt against the Chargers, Joseph Jones would likely play an increased role on defense for Denver.
Johnson did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a knee issue, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Johnson appears to have suffered a knee injury during Sunday's loss to the Bills, during which he compiled a season-high 15 tackles. The 27-year-old will have two more opportunities to practice in some capacity ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Chargers. If Johnson were forced to miss any time, Joseph Jones would likely play an expanded role on defense.
Johnson recorded 15 tackles, including one for loss, during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.
Johnson came into Sunday as one of the league's highest-rated middle linebackers and finished the day with his second tally of at least 13 tackles in his last three games. Still, he didn't quite look as good as he has in recent weeks, particularly on some gnarly coverage on Cole Beasley in which Johnson was caught in space before surrendering a 30-yard gain. It was just Johnson's seventh regular-season game since 2015, so growing pains are to be expected. Next up Sunday is a struggling Chargers squad.
Johnson had 13 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's win over the Browns.
Johnson didn't have a tackle and played in only one game during his rookie season, but he's now taken over the starting role at inside linebacker for the Broncos. The 27-year-old has 41 tackles (23 solo) 1.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in five starts.
Johnson recorded eight tackles, a pass defensed and a forced fumble during Sunday's 15-13 loss in Indianapolis.
The Broncos are reeling, but the defense has been pretty stout in recent weeks thanks to Johnson, who has been a surprise find at inside linebacker after spending much of 2018 on the bench. Sunday was his third tally of at least eight tackles in his last four games. Though he has just 1.5 sacks thus far, head coach Vic Fangio also hasn't been shy in sending Johnson after the quarterback. Even with projected starters Todd Davis and Josey Jewell healthy, Johnson seems to have a hold on Jewell's starting spot.
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