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Jarret Johnson | Linebacker

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/14/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
College: Alabama
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Chargers OLB Jarret Johnson has agreed to take a pay cut.
Johnson was previously scheduled to earn a $4 million salary and count $5.5 million against the cap in the third year of a four-year, $19 million deal. He'll now earn a $1 million base and $2 million signing bonus, clearing $1 million in cap space. The 32-year-old has recorded just 4.5 sacks in 26 games with San Diego. Johnson's strength is as an edge-setting run defender. Mar 10 - 7:34 PM

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Chargers OLB Jarret Johnson underwent left hand surgery earlier this week.

Johnson injured the hand against the Dolphins in Week 11 and is in a cast. There's no timetable for his return. Johnson had already missed three games earlier this year due to a hamstring injury. "It's by far my toughest year personally," he said. "It's frustrating. It's tough when the team needs help and you can't help."
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 08:03:00 AM

Chargers OLB Jarret Johnson (hamstring) is questionable for Monday night's game against the Colts.

Johnson wasn't able to practice this week, but did some running on the side Saturday. The Chargers have yet to rule him out for Week 6 and his status will likely come down to a game-time decision.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 03:04:00 PM

Chargers OLB Jarret Johnson exited Week 5 against the Raiders with a right hamstring injury.

Johnson was unable to put any weight on his leg and is done for the game. With Dwight Freeney already out for the season, his loss would be another major blow to the Chargers' defense.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 02:22:00 AM

Chargers signed OLB Jarret Johnson, formerly of the Ravens, to a four-year contract.

The Ravens wanted Johnson, but not enough to keep him in Purple. Jets coach Rex Ryan was also interested in reuniting with Johnson. Turning 30 in August, Johnson has established a niche as one of the league's most effective outside linebackers against the run and least effective in reaching the quarterback. He won't fill San Diego's need for a pass rusher, but he can form an effective tag-team with Antwan Barnes. Johnson will also add a hard edge to a defense that had gone soft.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 02:05:00 PM

The Ravens have "remained in touch" with free agent LB Jarret Johnson.

The Ravens have informed Johnson they'd like to re-sign him, but admitted it will be difficult due to his expected interest in free agency. Unless the soon-to-be 31-year-old linebacker is greeted by an unexpectedly soft market, he will be moving on from Baltimore.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 10:09:00 AM

Free agent LB Jarret Johnson confirmed that his agent has not held any recent discussions about returning to the Ravens.

"There is nothing active going on," said Johnson. "The Ravens will be in the mix. The body of work is there for them to judge." A Rex Ryan favorite, the Jets and Colts are among the teams that have expressed interest in signing Johnson this offseason.
Sat, Mar 3, 2012 06:13:00 PM

The New York Daily News reports that the Jets will pursue free agent SLB Jarret Johnson when the market opens.

Johnson wouldn't give the Jets the explosive, every-down edge rusher they've lacked throughout Rex Ryan's tenure, but he knows the scheme and would be a natural fit. Johnson is a longtime Ryan favorite, and has experience at three linebacker positions (inside and outside in a 3-4, and strong-side 'backer in a 4-3.). Johnson is 30 years old, but has durably started 89 straight games.
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 11:27:00 AM

The Baltimore Sun expects the Ravens to make an "aggressive bid" to re-sign free agent ILB Jameel McClain, but considers free agent SLB Jarret Johnson more likely to return.

Beat writer Jeff Zrebiec forecasts that McClain will walk and Johnson will re-sign. Speaking at the Combine, GM Ozzie Newsome said he hoped to re-sign both, but admitted it might not be possible. Johnson graded out as a far better player than McClain in Pro Football Focus' 2011 rankings, but is nearly four years older.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 12:33:00 PM

According to Pro Football Weekly, the Colts are expected to target "at least one" of the Ravens' free agents to help rebuild their defense.

In other words, the Colts are targeting SLB Jarret Johnson. A nine-year veteran, Johnson's production slipped during his age-30 season, but his versatility projects as an ideal addition for coach Chuck Pagano's defense.
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 08:30:00 PM

The Carroll County Times believes the Ravens would "ideally" like to re-sign free agent SLB Jarret Johnson.

Johnson's production slipped during his age-30 campaign, but he has made it known he would like to return, and the Ravens don't have a compelling in-house option to replace him. It's more likely than not Johnson will be back for a 10th season in Baltimore.
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 10:56:00 AM

Impending free agent SLB Jarret Johnson was the only Ravens player to show up to new defensive coordinator Dean Pees' introductory press conference.

Pees was Johnson's 2011 position coach, but his attendance could also be taken a sign that he wants badly for the Ravens to re-sign him. "Me being here today has nothing to do about my future," Johnson insisted. "It has everything to do with (Pees') future." Johnson is entering his age-31 campaign. It's fair to wonder if Pees may want to go younger at his position.
Fri, Jan 27, 2012 05:52:00 PM

Free agent SLB Jarret Johnson would like to re-sign in Baltimore, but realizes the Ravens may want to go younger on defense.

Johnson garnered defensive player of the week honors back in October, but eventually lost nickel-down duties to Paul Kruger. It's interesting to note that Pro Football Focus graded Johnson as the stoutest 4-3 run defender at outside linebacker, but the least effective pass rusher by a wide margin.
Tue, Jan 24, 2012 05:17:00 PM

Ravens SLB Jarret Johnson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.

Johnson and Terrell Suggs are playing as well as any outside linebacker duo in the NFL. Johnson returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown, had two QB hits, and three tackles against the Jets last week. Rex Ryan says Johnson is so underrated that the Ravens' coaching staff used to laugh about it. Suggs and Ray Lewis won Defensive Player of the Week honors in Weeks 1 and 3.
Tue, Oct 4, 2011 09:39:00 PM

Though Ravens SLB Jarret Johnson (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, he fully expects to play.

Said Johnson after Friday's practice, "I'm good, I'm good to go." The last time Johnson missed a game due to injury was 7 years ago.
Sat, Sep 18, 2010 08:33:00 AM

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