Derrick Johnson’s 13-year tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs is in the rearview, but the 35-year-old veteran will be remaining within the division.
On Friday, Johnson agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders, according to NFL.com reporter Michael Silver.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) May 4, 2018
In 2017, Johnson started 15 games, totaling 71 tackles for notching 7 pass deflections.
A former first round pick in 2005, Johnson has spent his entire NFL career with Kansas City. In 13 seasons with the Chiefs, Johnson notched 1,151 tackles, 27.5 sacks and 14 interceptions.
However, the Chiefs elected not to re-sign Johnson as his productivity has gradually declined in recent years. After an Achilles injury forced Johnson to miss the vast majority of the 2014 season, he returned in 2015 and compiled 116 tackles to complete his fifth 100-tackle campaign in as many healthy seasons. That effort regressed to 90 tackles in 2016, though, and then again to 71 tackles in 2017.
As a result, Kansas City let Johnson walk in free agency, and he’ll now reportedly sign with a division rival in the Raiders, which will allow Johnson to see the team he’s spent his entire career with twice each season going forward.
The details of Johnson’s deal with the Raiders are unclear at this point.