Derrick Johnson, the all-time leading tackler in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs franchise, is expected to retire as a Chief.
According to a report from 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City, the Chiefs are planning to sign Johnson to a one-day contract so that he can finalize his career in red. For 12 seasons, the linebacker led the Chiefs’ defense, finishing with more than 1,100 tackles in a Chiefs uniform.
Johnson played his final game as a Chief in the team’s 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs during the 2017 season.
The team released Johnson during the ensuing offseason and the Texas alumnus signed with the Oakland Raiders where he saw action in just six games.
After the Chiefs announced that Johnson would be released, coach Andy Reid offered his thoughts about the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker and even left the door open for a potential return in some capacity.
“(Johnson) is one of my favorite guys that I’ve ever coached, and what a career he has had in Kansas City,” Reid said in February of 2018. “I’m pulling for him that maybe something happens for him in the future and if it doesn’t I’ve told him to just come back and he can start his coaching career. He’s a top-notch kid.”
The Chiefs drafted Johnson with the 15th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Johnson became a consistent presence for the Chiefs defense.
In 2014, Johnson suffered an injury and played just one game. He returned the following season and was named to the pro bowl.
Kansas City signed former running back Jamaal Charles to a one-day contract earlier in the week to offer Charles the same retirement.