Derrick Johnson agrees to pay cut with Chiefs

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Linebacker Derrick Johnson has reworked his contract with the Chiefs for the 2017 season.

Field Yates of reports that Johnson has agreed to a pay cut from the $4.75 million base salary and up to $1 million in roster bonuses he was set to make. Johnson will instead have a salary of $1 million and a signing bonus of $1 million, which is equal to the $2 million in guaranteed money he was due and lowers his cap hit for this season by more than $4 million.

Johnson is signed for the 2018 season as well. His cap charge will go up $500,000 as a result of the signing bonus. His chances of seeing that $8 million base salary will be tied to how well he recovers from his second torn Achilles in the last three years as none of that salary is guaranteed.

Yates reports that fullback Anthony Sherman also took a pay cut that added $550,000 to the team’s cap space and that the two maneuvers likely helped make space that the Chiefs used to get defensive tackle Bennie Logan under contract.

16 responses to “Derrick Johnson agrees to pay cut with Chiefs

  1. Derrick when he is “healthy” is one of the best inside linebackers in the business. His skillset, instincts, and physical toughness are without question. Absolutely one of the best when he’s healthy.

  2. Wow. I’d say he was foolish to take a cut, from a financial perspective. That is, if he was willing to relocate, there are many teams that would pay him more that 2 MM$ per year. I do respect players who are loyal and don’t wish to uproot their family- but this is something of a surprise for a player who brings more than 2 MM$ of value to that team. It’s easy to think the Chiefs are taking advantage of him.

  3. A little surprised DJ got the pay cut. I know he got hurt last year. I hope he can make it back to the field. One of the all time Great Chiefs.

    I’m surprised our punter hasn’t taken a pay cut at some point. One of the best but being paid a fat deal.

  4. I’d say he was foolish to take a cut, from a financial perspective.
    Not really, he is a 34 yo linebacker coming off of back-to-back ruptured Achilles.

    How much do you think he could command on the open market?

  5. joetoronto says:
    Mar 17, 2017 10:31 AM
    They’re not known as the Kansas City Cheaps for nothing.
    Almost makes you wonder how all those Cheaps swept your overpaid squad last year.

  6. How much do you think he could command on the open market?
    Veteran minimum is 1 MM$ for ’17 with his years of service range. I think he can make more than the 2 MM$ he signed up for. Here is a sample of players at his position, and their respective salaries for ’17.

    Malcolm Smith — zero pro bowls, 6 career sacks – 9.3 MM$.
    Brian Cushing– equally injured, 6.5 MM$.
    David Harris — (who?), 6.5 MM$.
    AJ Klein — 94 CAREER tackles, 5.8 MM$.
    Kiko Alonso — equally injured, 3.9 MM$.

    I think there’s a reasonable argument for 3-4 MM$.

  7. Smith…27 yo
    Cushing…30 yo
    Harris…33 yo
    Klein…25 yo
    Alonso…26 yo

    Based on age alone, you have to throw out Smith, Klein & Alonso.
    Leaving only Cushing and Harris…so yeah, 3-4 mil would be a reasonable argument.
    Maybe DJ just didn’t want the hassle of trying to haggle for the extra mil. Or maybe he gave them a hometown discount. But depending on the incentives he might get into the 3 mil range if he stays healthy.

  8. Andy Reid swept the west last year and is 7-1 against the lowly raidets Since coming to KC.

    You’d think with such a basic offense and cheap defense the raidets could win more than 1…

  9. Maybe they’ll restructure a few more contracts and have enough cap space to make a run at Adrian Peterson.

  10. Happy to see this.

    When DJ went down last season, I thought we’d seen the last of him. Taking a pay cut to stay on means that he obviously understands where he is at this stage of his career and that he believes in this team and wants to be a part of what he feels is something special. He’s a consummate leader on the field and the Chiefs D is much better with him than without.

    Here’s hoping those achilles tendons have another season or 2 in them.

  11. Great, great linebacker. Age has taken its toll on him but don’t underestimate the value of having a good leader who knows how to direct a defense. He’s not what he used to be, but he knows how to tackle and call the signals for the defense, and most importantly can help develop the younger LBs by a mile. People discount the value of a good locker room too much, but you need a good balance of youthful talent with veteran experience if you want to create a winning mindset. Glad to see DJ come back another year-and I’m not a Chiefs fan.

  12. This is great for the chiefs. Let him stay till he’s 40 if he wants to, he is a great leader. I hope the chiefs find an inside linebacker in the draft that can share snaps with johnson. looking forward to next year Chiefs!

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