KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- A week after fellow Chiefs great and University of Texas alumnus Jamaal Charles did the same, Derrick Johnson put pen to paper to retire as a Kansas City Chief.
The team welcomed back its former defensive leader on Wednesday to sign a one-day deal and celebrate the end of his career. Johnson tweeted out his thanks to the organization.
"It’s official now, the New chapter begins," Johnson tweeted. "I can’t thank the chiefs organization enough for rolling the red carpet out for my retirement. God has really been good to me over the years to say the least. Thanks to the Coaches, Players and Chiefs Fans for an amazing dream come true."
Kansas City drafted Johnson in the first round back in 2005. From then on, he became a face of the franchise over 13 seasons.
During that time, he racked up a franchise-leading 1,151 tackles to go with 14 interceptions, 22 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 27.5 sacks and four touchdowns. The linebacker earned four trips to the Pro Bowl and a First-Team All-Pro nod in 2011.
His 14th and final NFL season came away from the Chiefs, as he played six games for the division rival Oakland Raiders after Kansas City let his contract expire in 2018. The Raiders released Johnson in October of 2018.