Titans land safety Rashad Johnson

AP

The Cardinals have enjoyed a deep and effective collection of defensive backs in recent years. They’ll now have to replace one of them.

Free safety Rashad Johnson has signed a one-year deal with the Titans, per multiple reports. Johnson has announced that he’ll be joining the Titans on Twitter.

A third-round pick in 2009, Johnson became a full-time starter in 2014, starting 16 regular-season games that year and 14 in 2015. In 2013, Johnson obtained widespread attention after losing the tip of his finger during a game.

The Cardinals had hoped to keep Johnson, according to coach Bruce Arians. In an appearance this week on PFT Live, Arians said that the Cardinals wanted to retain both Johnson and Tony Jefferson, a restricted free agent.

Above all, the Cardinals hope to lock up over the long haul defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, a hybrid safety and cornerback who has become one of the best defensive players in the NFL.

Here’s Arians from the league meetings in Boca Raton, talking about all things Cardinals.

19 responses to “Titans land safety Rashad Johnson

  1. Sorry, but everyone in Seattle just laughed about Tryann Matthieu being “one of the best defensive players in the NFL.” #36-6.

  2. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:42 AM

    Sorry, but everyone in Seattle just laughed about Tryann Matthieu being “one of the best defensive players in the NFL.” #36-6.

    Reading is not your strong suit. Did you see where it say HYBRID??? Think about that.

  3. Sorry, but everyone in Seattle just laughed about Tryann Matthieu being “one of the best defensive players in the NFL.” #36-6.

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    Tyrann, not Tryann, didn’t even play in that game. Secondly, the game meant nothing in terms of standings. Cardinals already locked up the division. Get over it already.

  4. 36-6? That’s similar to the halftime score of the Seattle/Carolina playoff game, after Seattle was gifted one by Minnesota. Still smarting after the Super Bowl loss to the Pats, no doubt.

  5. Sorry, but everyone in Seattle just laughed about Tryann Matthieu being “one of the best defensive players in the NFL.” #36-6.
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    Didn’t Arizona put up nearly 40 on that Vaunted Legion of Whom defense earlier in the year? In the unbeatable Seattle house no less.

  6. Good luck RJ…go get 5 more INTs for them! Cardinals will miss your locker room and on the field presence and intelligence.

    One edit…AZ will not have to find another S to replace Johnson. They signed T Branch to replace TJ and the writing was on the wall. And they’ve tendered Tony Jefferson. In a fantastic backfield, RJ was actually one of the weaker links. Still a starter though. Branch is one of the top pass rushing/sack safeties in the NFL, and fits better with what AZ wants from that position. RJ should do great in Tenn.

  7. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 25, 2016 11:42 AM
    Sorry, but everyone in Seattle just laughed about Tryann Matthieu being “one of the best defensive players in the NFL.” #36-6.
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    You keep pointing out this meaningless game. The division was already wrapped up bye the Cards so they treated the game like a mental bye week. Not to mention, Drew Stanton played an entire half.

    However, Considering it was you’re SB, I guess I can understand your excitement.

    Good luck in Tennessee RJ. Although your play was average, you were a great locker room presence and you will be missed.

  8. scmems07 says:

    Didn’t Arizona put up nearly 40 on that Vaunted Legion of Whom defense earlier in the year? In the unbeatable Seattle house no less.
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    39, with 17 points coming on drives kept alive by penalties. In addition, Seattle had 4 drives stopped by phantom penalties. The truth is, the Seahawks only punted once against the Cardinals in 2 games on drives where they were not called for a major penalty. In other words, the Seahawks basically scored on every single drive where the refs didn’t kill them.

    Mattheiu would be the Seahawks nickel back, nothing more. Peterson wouldn’t even see the field except as a kick returner.

  9. Good luck RJ & thanks for all your contributions. You led in interceptions, were the brains to the “no fly zone” brawn, a much underrated player for an organization valuing flash over substance in a now average defense.

  10. “I guess he has no desire whatsoever to win a ring.”, says
    “nohopeleft” @ March 25, 2016, 7:56 PM
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    Maybe RJ has more hope than you…
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    Welcome to the Titans RJ! It’s early yet, but something special could be building here, and many Titans Fans like me are happy you’re on this team. Your leadership and your ball skills will be invaluable, in what will surely take more than one year to turn around. You’re going to be important in the process.

    To the fans that wish RJ well with his new team:
    Thanks for staying classy.

    To the rest: If you’ve got nohopeleft, try and rent some class.

  11. Rashad will be missed. He’s a great player, Tennessee just got themselves a quarterback of the secondary. Best of luck RJ

  12. Good pickup and believe losing Griffith won’t hurt now. This guy should pick up the slack. I think they will compete this year and the south will be more competitive then ever. All 4 teams are going to be better then expected. All are young and hungry.

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