The Kansas City Chiefs have released rookie LB Michael Johnson, the team announced today.
Johnson, out of North Alabama, was the 2009 NCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Year. He was hoping to join DBs Maurice Leggett (Valdosta State) and Brandon Carr (Grand Valley State) as D2 players on the Chiefs roster.
Johnson’s release shrinks the Chiefs 2010 undrafted rookie class from 10 players to nine. Originally, the Chiefs signed 11 such rookies a mere 24 hours after the draft, but TE T.C. Drake of Kentucky was released late last week.
The release of Johnson was not necessary to clear any room should a draft pick choose to sign a contract or should Page decide to ink his tender offer as the Chiefs can sign up to six of those eight righted players before roster space would have to be cleared for a move.
That was quick.
As an undrafted free agent, Johnson had a long road ahead of him to begin with but being released by a team with a need at his position before the first full squad organized team activities does not bode well for his future in the NFL.