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Derrick Johnson | Linebacker | #56

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 242
College: Texas
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (15) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') has been cleared for training camp.
He avoided the active/PUP list and should start practicing in full shortly. Johnson has torn each of his Achilles' tendons since the 2014 season and turns 35 in November, but the Chiefs are counting on him to be a 2017 starter. Mon, Jul 24, 2017 04:08:00 PM

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Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') has been cleared for individual drills at minicamp.

Johnson was sidelined for all of OTAs. It's a step in the right direction, but Johnson's training camp status is still up in the air. Johnson will be nine months removed from his torn Achilles' for Week 1.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 06:30:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') still expects to be ready for training camp.

The 34-year-old ruptured his left Achilles' in December. Johnson optimistically said he will be ready for camp in April, and he is not backing down a month later. "I'm on track, just like last time," Johnson said. "I never want to put a date on when I'm going to be 100 percent. But will I be at camp? I can say that, yeah." Even if he is "ready," Johnson will likely take it easy early in camp, but there does not appear to be any concern about his Week 1 status.
Tue, May 16, 2017 12:58:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') expects to be ready for training camp.

"If I'm not 100 percent, there will be some kind of setback," a confident Johnson said. Johnson is just four months removed from rupturing his Achilles', so it's an ambitious timeline, especially for a 34-year-old with a previous Achilles' tear. The Chiefs have zero reason to push Johnson. Week 1 will be the goal, not camp.
Mon, Apr 17, 2017 02:56:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson has agreed to a pay cut.

So has teammate Anthony Sherman. The Chiefs will use the savings to sign Bennie Logan. Johnson's contract originally called for a $4.75 million base salary in 2017 with $1 million available in per-game bonuses. With the pay cut, he'll now earn a $1 million base salary while also receiving a $1 million signing bonus. The move saves Kansas City $4.25 million in cap space.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 09:36:00 AM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') anticipates being able to run by OTAs.

Johnson ruptured his left Achilles' in Week 14 and remains in a walking boot. He tore his right Achilles' in 2014, so he's been through this before. Johnson hopes to be ready for training camp. Heading into his age-35 season, Johnson has two years left on his contract. Johnson remained a solid player in 2016.
Fri, Feb 3, 2017 12:16:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson has been diagnosed with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon and is done for the season.

Johnson knew it the second he went down in non-contact fashion in the first half. Coach Andy Reid simply called it a "sad deal." Reid couldn't be more right, as the 34-year-old linebacker was having another solid year as an every-down player after tearing his right Achilles' in 2014. The Chiefs still have a loaded defense for the stretch run, but were already having problems against the run. As for Johnson, it's fair to say his career is now in doubt. He's due $4.75 million in 2017, but probably won't be back at that price, and likely won't be ready for Week 1.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:13:00 AM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson was forced from Kansas City's Week 14 game against the Raiders with a left Achilles' injury, and will not return.

Put simply, it looked like Johnson ruptured his left Achilles'. Johnson, who tore his right Achilles' in 2014, immediately took off his helmet and tossed it in disgust, like he knew what the injury was. Per NBC's Cris Collinsworth, Johnson had been dealing with a sore left Achilles'. His loss would be crushing for the Chiefs.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 09:47:00 PM

Chiefs re-signed ILB Derrick Johnson to a three-year, $21 million contract.

Johnson had a bounce-back year after missing most of 2014 to Achilles surgery, leading the Chiefs with 116 tackles and four sacks. He'll remain with the only organization he's ever played for. The $7 million AAV places Johnson in the top-12 among inside linebackers. Johnson's new deal keeps him signed through 2018, his age-36 season.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey said he "will do everything" he can to re-sign impending free agent ILB Derrick Johnson.

Johnson also wants to stay in Kansas City. Even with several big names headed to the open market, the Chiefs should be able to work something out with their veteran linebacker. Johnson bounced back from an Achilles' injury to record 116 tackles and four sacks last season. He has been with the Chiefs since 2005.
Mon, Feb 29, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Speaking about free agent ILB Derrick Johnson on Thursday, Chiefs GM John Dorsey said "we're not going to let good players go."

Dorsey also said he's recently met with Johnson's rep. Johnson is on the record as wanting to remain in Kansas City, but Dorsey has a cornucopia of big names to deal with in free agency, with Eric Berry, Sean Smith, Tamba Hali and Jaye Howard joining Johnson on his way to the open market. Berry is probably the most likely candidate for the franchise tag if progress isn't made on a long-term deal sometime in the next few days.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 01:32:00 PM

In a radio interview, impending free agent ILB Derrick Johnson said he "no doubt" wants to remain with the Chiefs.

"Talking with the Chiefs and hopefully that progresses and we'll see where it goes from there," Johnson said. "I want to be a Kansas City Chief, no doubt. I don't want to go to another team." The Chiefs would like to keep Johnson as well, but they are facing a free-agent crunch with S Eric Berry, CB Sean Smith, OLB Tamba Hali and DT Jaye Howard also headed to the open market. Johnson recorded 116 tackles and four sacks last season, his 11th in Kansas City.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Free agent ILB Derrick Johnson is expected to command $6 million annually.

Johnson shouldn't get much higher than his $5.25 million 2015 salary. The Chiefs want to keep Johnson, but also need to re-sign Eric Berry, Tamba Hali, and DT Jaye Howard. Johnson was PFF's No. 3 inside linebacker this season.
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles) has been cleared for OTAs.

Johnson has been a full participant in Kansas City’s offseason program. Nine months removed from Achilles surgery, he should be close to 100 percent. The Chiefs are counting on the return of Johnson and Mike DeVito to improve what was one of the worst run defenses in the league last season.
Wed, May 27, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are participating in voluntary workouts.

Both players went down in Week 1. It's possible they'll still be babied through the rest of the offseason with an eye toward being 100 percent for training camp. The Chiefs are counting on Johnson and DeVito to restore order to their run defense.
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 02:38:00 PM

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