It might have taken a bit longer to get done than some might have expected, but the Kansas City Chiefs all-time tackle leader is staying in Kansas City.
The Chiefs announced that they had reached a multi-year agreement with linebacker Derrick Johnson Thursday, but the terms were not released.
"Keeping Derrick in Kansas City was something we wanted to get done," 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."
When free agency opened Wednesday afternoon, rumors regarding interest from other teams in Johnson began to circulate.
But when asked as to whether or not he was worried he'd be back during a conference call with Kansas City media late Thursday, Johnson refuted the idea.
"I don't know if I started to worry because my whole career I've been a Chief. That's all I know," he explained. "Until I actually get on a plane and go somewhere else, it actually is not the reality to me. Even though it came down to the wire, I always believed the Chiefs would get it done. I love Andy (Reid) and John Dorsey and what they believe in."
Johnson added that Dorsey had spoke to him about bringing him back at the end of the 2015 season.
"I knew all along that John Dorsey was going to get it done," he said. "He told me that at the end of the year that we were going to make it happen, whatever we have to do to get me to stay and retire a Chief, so he was a man of his word."
Johnson, who will now enter in his 12th season with the Chiefs, has played in 154 career games (141 starts), compiling the franchise-record 1,101 tackles, 26.5 sacks, 38 quarterback pressures, 13 interceptions, 22 forced fumbles and 7 fumble recoveries.
Johnson joined fellow LBs Tamba Hali and Frank Zombo and defensive lineman Jaye Howard as members of the Chiefs who received new deals to return this week.
A look at some of the best photos of Derrick Johnson throughout the 2015 season