Derrick Johnson is back on the free agent pile after securing his release from the Raiders. However, the Chiefs’ all-time leading tackler will not be returning to Kansas City.
“We haven’t talked about that…That’s not the direction we’re going,” coach Andy Reid said when asked about the possibility of re-signing the veteran linebacker (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Teicher).
Jon Gruden loves his veterans, and he appeared to be over the moon after signing Johnson in the spring. Things didn’t work out as planned, however, as Johnson played just 152 total snaps through six games. With all due respect to Marquel Lee and Tahir Whitehead, that’s not a strong endorsement of the 35-year-old’s skills.
The Chiefs certainly have their weaknesses on defense, but they allowed Johnson to walk for a reason. Barring a change in thinking, Johnson will not get an opportunity to contribute to his 938 solo tackles or his 27.5 sacks in a Chiefs uniform.
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