The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that the team has signed linebacker Derrick Johnson. Terms of the contract will not be released by the club.
"Keeping Derrick in Kansas City was something we wanted to get done," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "He has consistently performed at a high level and has had a lot of success in our system. Derrick has a unique skillset, keeps his body in shape and prepares well each week. We are happy to see him continue his career with us as a member of the Chiefs."
Johnson (6-3, 242) is the franchise's all-time leading tackler, compiling 1,101 career stops in his 11-year career. Johnson has played in 154 games (141 starts) in 11 NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2005-15). In addition to his franchise record for tackles, Johnson has amassed 26.5 sacks, 38 quarterback pressures, 13 interceptions – returning three of those interceptions for touchdowns – 22 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Johnson had a career-high 179 tackles in 2011 that led to his first of four Pro Bowl appearances. In addition to his four Pro Bowl berths, Johnson was named the club's Mack Lee Hill Award winner following his rookie season, an award given to the team's top rookie or first year player. Additionally, after his career year in 2011, Johnson was awarded with the Derrick Thomas Award, given to the team's MVP. The former Texas Longhorn originally entered the NFL as the Chiefs first-round pick (15th overall) in 2005.
A look at some of the best photos of Derrick Johnson throughout the 2015 season