After a week of rumors that the Kansas City Chiefs and LB Derrick Johnson were working on a new long-term deal, FOX Sports is reporting that the deal is done: 5 years, $34 million with $15 million guaranteed.
Johnson, who would have become an unrestricted free-agent next year, was playing on a one-year restricted free-agent tender worth $2.475 million, which he signed in March.
Johnson, 27, entered the NFL as a first-round selection (15th overall) of the Chiefs in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Talk about the ultimate story of a guy that fought back from adversity. Last year he was barely getting on the field and looked like he would never be a “Haley guy”. Well, with a price tag like that he has officially gone from being a “Herm guy” to a “Haley guy”.
Johnson is the first in what could end up being a long line of players that will need new contracts. At the front of the line you will find Brandon Flowers, Jamaal Charles, Branden Albert and Brandon Carr. The fact that Scott Pioli and Haley decided to pull the trigger on one of their players before he reached free agency bodes will for those four players and the rest of the Chiefs that are hoping to score a new extension.