Johnson is signing a one-day contract to retire with the Chiefs, 610 Sports Radio reports.
Johnson came to Kansas City in the first-round back in 2015 and left after 13 seasons as the team's all-time leading tackler. The Chiefs parted ways when the aging veteran last offseason in the name of cap relief, which seemingly proved to the right thing to do after the 36-year-old linebacker lasted just six games last season with the Raiders before being released. Now officially calling it quits, Johnson retires as a four-time Pro-Bowler who has 1,168 total tackles and a 2011 first-team All-Pro nod to his name.
Johnson was released by the Raiders on Tuesday, Matthew Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Johnson was signed by the Raiders back in May and tallied 17 tackles in six games. The veteran will become a free agent and could potentially sign with another team depending on injuries across the league.
Johnson has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders, Michael Silver of the NFL Network reports.
Johnson, 35, parted ways with the Chiefs this offseason after spending 13 years in Kansas City. Although he's getting up there in age, Johnson is a welcome addition to a weak Raiders linebacking corps and should push for a starting job before long. However, it isn't certain that head coach Jon Gruden views the veteran as a three-down player, so IDP expectations should remain tempered for the time being.
Johnson, who will become an unrestricted free agent March 14, said Wednesday in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he would like to play "a couple more years."
Though the Chiefs have already announced that they will void the linebacker's contract for 2018, Johnson isn't ready to cease pursuit of his first Super Bowl championship. The veteran noted that while he prefers to keep serving in a starting role regardless of where he lands this offseason, his main focus is to win a championship. If that's the case, Johnson may have to settle for a decreased role if he joins a playoff-contending club, given that he saw his productivity decline in his final year with the Chiefs. Over 15 regular-season appearances in 2017, Johnson tallied 71 tackles, his lowest output in the category for any season in which he has played at least 13 games since 2009.
The Chiefs announced Tuesday that Johnson would become an unrestricted free agent when his contract expires at the start of the new league year March 14.
Johnson was owed $8 million in 2018, but based on the terms of the restructured deal the veteran linebacker agreed to last offseason, the Chiefs had the luxury of voiding his contract without any consequences. After registering only 71 tackles in 2017 -- his second-lowest total for any season in which he played at least 13 games -- Johnson, who has spent his entire 13-year career in Kansas City, may have to settle for a part-time role regardless of where he lands in free agency. The Chiefs, meanwhile, will have to find a new starter at inside linebacker alongside Reggie Ragland during the upcoming season.
Johnson said following the Chiefs' 22-21 AFC wild-card loss to the Titans on Saturday that he intends to play in the NFL in 2018, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports. "I'm definitely planning on playing ball again. That's not a question," Johnson said. "But it's not the time to talk, I guess, [about] where I'm going to be playing it."
The 35-year-old Johnson, a 13-year NFL veteran and two-time All-Pro selection, shouldn't have trouble finding a job next season, but it's unclear if the career-long Chief will remain in Kansas City. The linebacker saw a slight decline in playing time in 2017 and the Chiefs are able to save $8 million against the salary cap by cutting Johnson, so it may not behoove the organization to retain him. Johnson wrapped up the regular season with 71 tackles, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble in 15 games.
Johnson will rest during Week 17's game against the Broncos, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Johnson has accrued 71 tackles, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble through 15 games, and there's no reason to risk injury ahead of the playoffs. The Chiefs will instead deploy Kevin Pierre-Louis and Ramik Wilson to fill in at inside linebacker.
Johnson collected nine tackles (five solo) during Sunday's game against the Jets.
Johnson added a half tackle for a loss during the tilt but most notably totaled a season-high mark for tackles. The 35-year-old linebacker is on pace for his worst campaign since 2009 and may be finally showing signs of his age in the middle of Kansas City's defense.
Johnson (Achilles) won't start training camp on the Chiefs' preseason Physically Unable to Perform list, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Johnson, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon last December, is seemingly healthy enough to take part in camp, but don't be surprised if the Chiefs monitor the veteran's reps in training camp and the preseason. The 34-year-old accrued 90 stops and an interception in 13 games in 2016.
Johnson (Achilles) ran individual drills during Tuesday's minicamp, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Johnson is returning from his second Achilles tear in three years, and his participation in individual drills is a major move in the right direction. Look for more updates on his status to come during training camp, as he'll likely continue with individual drills for the remainder of minicamp.
Johnson (Achilles) said Monday he'll be fully cleared by the start of training camp, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.
Johnson's declaration comes after his 2016 campaign was ended by a ruptured Achilles suffered in Week 14. While that marked the second time in three years that Johnson sustained the same injury, his experience in rehabbing the issue has instilled confidence in his ability to made a quick recovery ahead of this season. Barring a setback, Johnson intends to be fully cleared for training camp, which would represent a considerable boost to the Chiefs' defense.
Johnson (Achilles) accepted a pay cut to stay with the Chiefs, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
This move frees up approximately $4.25 million in 2017 cap space for a Chiefs team that doesn't have much wiggle room. The pay cut probably wasn't a tough decision for Johnson, who hopes to be ready for training camp despite rupturing his Achilles in Week 14. He suffered the same injury in Week 1 of 2014 and bounced back to play all 16 games in 2015, but he's now two years older and won't have as much time to recover before the start of the season. If healthy, the 34-year-old projects as one of Kansas City's starting inside linebackers -- as has been the case every season since he was drafted in the first round in 2005.
Johnson (Achilles) is hopeful he will be fully recovered and ready for training camp, KansasCity.com reports.
Johnson is two months removed from rupturing his Achilles tendon for the second time in three years. The veteran is determined to go through his rehab, and return in full health for training camp. He recorded 90 tackles (70 solo), one interception, and a sack across 13 games in the 2016 regular season.
Johnson (Achilles) finished the 2016 regular season with 90 tackles (70 solo) one interception and one sack.
Johnson ruptured his Achilles in Week 14 against the Raiders, ultimately shortening his season to just 13 games. The veteran inside linebacker was on pace to easily surpass 100 tackles for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, proving he still has plenty left in the tank in his 12th professional campaign. He should retake his place at the center of the Chiefs defense in the second of a three-year deal with the team in 2017.
Johnson (Achilles) was officially placed on injured reserve Saturday.
The Chiefs' all-time leading tackler ruptured his Achilles in Week 14's win over the Raiders. This now marks the second time he has had his season end due to an Achilles injury in his career. Either D.J. Alexander or Terrance Smith will presumably replace the veteran at inside linebacker going forward.
Johnson was forced to leave Thursday's win over the Raiders after rupturing his Achilles, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
Head coach Andy Reid confirmed Johnsons' injury following the game. The Chiefs' all time leader in tackles will presumably have his season ended for the second time due to an Achilles injury. Either D.J. Alexander or Terrance Smith figure to replace the veteran at inside linebacker going forward.
Johnson has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game against the Raiders due to an achilles injury.
Johnson dealt with an achilles issue a few weeks ago and likely reaggravated the injury in the first half Thursday. D.J. Alexander figures to see extra reps while Johnson is out.
Johnson (achilles) is active for Sunday's Week 12 contest against Denver, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Johnson was listed as questionable leading up to Sunday's tilt but hadn't missed a game all season and was never expected to sit out.
Johnson (Achilles) is questionable to play Sunday against the Broncos, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Johnson was questionable last weekend too, but ended up playing. In fact, the veteran is yet to miss a game this season. He appears likely to suit up once again.
Johnson (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Johnson's limited participation in practice on Friday was a good sign for the veteran heading into the weekend. He'll get the start at inside linebacker per usual alongside Ramik Wilson.