Derrick Johnson leaving Kansas City, Chiefs won't re-sign the 4-time Pro Bowler

Marc LaVoie
February 14, 2018 - 5:15 am

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The Kansas City Chiefs are saying farewell to their all-time leading tackler.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson has collected 1,262 tackles, 27.5 sacks and 14 interceptions in his 13 years with the Chiefs. The team is on a youth movement, and chose not to resign Johnson at the official start of the new season next month.

That does not mean that the 35-year-old out of the University of Texas is out of football. He says he plans on playing several more seasons.

Johnson has spent his entire NFL career in Kansas City after the team used the No. 15 overall pick to select him in the 2005 draft. He has since been chosen to represent the AFC in three Pro Bowls.  

Team CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt released a statement in which he said few players in recent history have meant more to the franchise.

Johnson has also been active in the community away from Arrowhead Stadium. His Defend the Dream Foundation was formed in 2012. Its mission is to provide opportunities and resources to young people who come from lower income backgrounds and from the inner city.

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