Raiders add Derrick Johnson

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A longtime Chief is staying in the AFC West.

Derrick Johnson, the linebacker who has played his entire 13-year career in Kansas City, has agreed to terms with Oakland, according to NFL Network.

Chiefs fans won’t enjoy seeing Johnson in the Silver and Black, but he makes a lot of sense for what the Raiders need to add on defense. And new Raiders coach Jon Gruden has a long track record of liking to bring in aging veterans for one last go-round.

The 35-year-old Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler who started every game except the meaningless Week 17 game for the Chiefs last year. He was released by the Chiefs in February.

52 responses to “Raiders add Derrick Johnson

  1. For those who know what a 3-4 defense is, he will be playing inside alongside another inside LB.

    He’ll be just fine in a 3-4 front.

  2. Would’ve rather had Bowman, but I’m assuming he was getting greedy and trying to hold Raiders for ransom post-draft (being that they didn’t get Roquan Smith). His price went up, and Reggie wasn’t going to bid against himself for a LB who has lost several steps and is a liability in coverage.

    That’s not to say Johnson is an upgrade. He’s not. He’s worse at this stage in his career compared to Bowman, but his price was low enough (assuming) and the revenge factor high enough (definite) to warrant Gruden giving him a chance. The difference in price may allow Reggie to get Mack resigned a bit earlier or to kick the tires of some FA safeties who are waiting on the market.

    From what I’ve read, Bowman was not much of a leader with the Whiners (wasn’t on board with helping Foster take his job eventually). Johnson, is the opposite. I’ve only ever heard positive things about him with the Chiefs. All in all, it’s a good move. If he has nothing left in tank, you cut him in camp with a $0 cap hit. It’s a win win for the Raiders in the end.

  3. Competition before season opener. If he really cant play, he gets cut. Good move esp considering how abysmal our LB core is and the draft whiff, again.

  4. His tackles the past three years: 116, 90, 71.
    Sacks: 4, 1, 0
    Ints: 2, 1, 0
    I don’t see how he will improve a bad Oakland defense.

  5. > For those who know what a 3-4 defense is, he will be playing inside alongside another inside LB.

    Um, Guenther’s system is a 1-gap penetrating 4-3 scheme, with a 1-gap DT lined up in 3-technique and the other DT a 2-gapper.

    That means 4 DL up front, and 3 LBs behind them.

    This is the very opposite of a 3-4 D.

    I expect DJ will play at MLB for the Raiders, and while he’s lost some speed with age, on the inside he should be fine.

  6. Still more evidence the Chucky Doll has been possessed by the spirit of George Allen, who’s vigorously trying to re-create his “Over-The-Hill Gang” in Oakland (Google it, Millennials).

  7. It feels good to hang one in the Chiefs although they got his best years. So I guess Bowman won’t re-sign, looks like we are still looking for the long term solution to fill ILB spot. Well there is next years draft and FA, maybe Johnson can plug a hole for a year or two till we get one. I hate not getting Bowman back (so it seems)

    /Bleh/Derp

  8. taugrim (Ed Park) says:
    May 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    > For those who know what a 3-4 defense is, he will be playing inside alongside another inside LB.

    Um, Guenther’s system is a 1-gap penetrating 4-3 scheme, with a 1-gap DT lined up in 3-technique and the other DT a 2-gapper.

    That means 4 DL up front, and 3 LBs behind them.

    This is the very opposite of a 3-4 D.

    I expect DJ will play at MLB for the Raiders, and while he’s lost some speed with age, on the inside he should be fine.
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    “If a guy has to play 60 snaps for us, he plays 60. If he plays 10, he’s a good blitzer, then that’s going to be [the case]. We’re going to put the players in the best position we can to succeed, whether it’s a 4-3, a 3-4, it doesn’t matter. We’ll be flexible that way with what we got.” Paul Guenther

  9. I am really, really certain the Raiders channeling Al Davis’s approach in the cap era, even though Davis is not alive, will lead them down the old path. Pun intended.

    The NFL is a young players’ league. Renting a once good player without drafting a young base, is very dumb.

  10. As a Chiefs fan I’m ok with this, because there’s no way he’ll ever be able to hurt my team. Incredibly, the fade got worse with this move. And I wasn’t sure of any way that defense could get worse.

  11. Gruden is determined to run this organization into the ground. The Raiders continue to get older and slower. Absolutely insane how this up and coming team has turned into a very old football team.

  12. What a joke.

    Never seen a team make such a 180 on progress in all my years.

    Funny thing is the Raiders are gonna win 9/10 games and give everyone and the media false hope but everyone knows this is a dumpster fire in the making.

    My Raiders bout to be top 5 draft pick annually again.

  13. This one of those guys Gruden fawned over on MNF… of course it was four years ago. I expect him to sign Derrick Brooks any day now.

  14. I am from LA. I rooted for this team from 1982 till they announced their move to Vegas. Too much dysfunction, moving to a cesspool state and the Rams are back in LA. So much silver and black garbage to sell.

  15. Gruden is so much like Al Davis its almost scary. That is indeed an Al Davis move, and the drafting of Mo Hurst in the 5th round when every team completely took him off their board because of his medical condition is an Al Davis move.

  16. It bugged me a whole lot more to watch Albert Lewis defect to the Raiders. That dude was still in his prime back then. DJ’s prime was before his first achilles injury – and he’s had two of them.

    His wheels fell off 2 years ago. 3 or 4 big hit tackles a year mixed with 30 missed tackles for huge gains or crucial first downs doesn’t endear you to your employer when you’re banking 4-5 million a year.

    It’ll be fun watching him whiff on K Hunt or any of the Chiefs running backs this year.

    Dude wants to keep playing ball, more power to him. He didn’t up his game until Todd Haley benched him for being a slacker/1st round draft bust.

  17. A good man, leader, and player. They just got better and sharper. Best of luck to Johnson.

  18. The Raiders this offseason brought in…

    CB Worley, age 23.
    CB Melvin from Indy, age 26.
    PR and WR4 Switzer from the Cowboys, age 23.
    WR Bryant, age 26
    S Gilchrist from Texans, age 29
    LB Whitehead, Lions, age 28

    Plenty of Youth brought in with the typical free agent cut older veterans.

  19. After Raiders GM McKenzie son goes to Chiefs, Chiefs Brooks goes to Raiders, Raiders your move or just play the actual games on the field, please.

  20. Chucky is going to have a rude awakening starting in week 1 when his QB is staring over the line at Aaron Donald, Suh, Talib, and Marcus Peters and his defense has to try and slow down arguably, the best RB in the game.

  21. Another “brilliant” move by the “coaching legend”. Instead of bringing back a LB (Bowman) who performed well for the Raiders (Bowman) he brings in a way-past-his-prime player in Johnson. Another step in demolishing what looked to be a young team on the rise in 2015/2016. Just for the sake of an egomaniac marking his territory.

    I don’t care how much I get down-thumbed because the sad truth is that with Gruden as HC the Raiders will be doing well to get 5 wins this year. And I don’t actually blame Gruden for taking the Raiders HC job when no other team wanted him. But 100% culpability goes to Son-of-Al who hired him (as with Marshawn Lynch) as a publicity stunt.

    The best hope for sustained future success is a change in the ownership of the Raiders.

  22. raideralex says:
    May 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    The Raiders this offseason brought in…

    CB Worley, age 23.
    CB Melvin from Indy, age 26.
    PR and WR4 Switzer from the Cowboys, age 23.
    WR Bryant, age 26
    S Gilchrist from Texans, age 29
    LB Whitehead, Lions, age 28

    Plenty of Youth brought in with the typical free agent cut older veterans.

    ———————

    LOL. You failed to mention the countless older players they brought in too. The team’s average age has gone up which is crazy to think about when you draft a good amount of players…

  23. Love DJ, have his jersey and still remember him falling to the Chiefs in the draft.

    I’d say Oakland is hiring him more for their offense than what he can do on defense. He’s super smart but couldn’t cover anyone last year and missed more big tackles than he made. If he plays, even on the oakland defense that trouble. He’s slow and is a fraction of what he was just 2 years ago.

    That said, if he can get them some insight on the Chiefs defense then that’s probably worth a veteran minimum.

  24. Those who are saying that he’s washed up don’t realize what the Raiders just got. He has lost a step or 2, but DJ has tremendous skills as a leader on the field and they have not diminished with age. His presence will no doubt make them better.

    I hate to see him in silver and black, but I understand. Thanks for your time and all the memories in KC, Derrick. I’ll miss ya!

  25. 49ersfury says:
    May 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Gruden is so much like Al Davis its almost scary. That is indeed an Al Davis move, and the drafting of Mo Hurst in the 5th round when every team completely took him off their board because of his medical condition is an Al Davis move.

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    I partially agree with you. These are NOT moves that Al Davis would’ve made in his prime in the ’60s/70s/80s (when he also had Ron Wolf as his right hand). But they are definitely the types of moves that Davis made in his last 15 years when he had become senile and no longer had Wolf to advise him.

  26. I can’t wait for the season to unfold. So many fake Raider fans complaining about nothing. So many haters doing their annual hating. Not everyone signed or drafted makes the team. The difference now is the contracts are structured to cut with no cap hit. Kick back and let the process unfold. Exciting roster with 2 rookie DBs coming back this year that basically didn’t play last year in Conley and Obi. DJ brought in for a veteran presence on the field and the locker room for the young LBs as Bowman was. Welcome to the Raider Nation DJ.

  27. Most of you dont understand football, he needed a guy like this to help the young guys out.

  28. ohhh joetoronto..KEEP telling yourself Vegas is Better than oakland …The Blk Hole is Right !! Just Lose Baby !!!

  29. DJ is better than Marquel Lee. That’s an upgrade. Outside of Lee and perhaps a back up ST player, The RAIDERS has no as the MLB other than Bowman and he’s not signed. This is an upgrade. Shows how crappy the 2nd worst LB corps in the NFL when a 13 year veteran is counted upon to be Green Dot. Can’t fix everything in one year, and still have all the way to camp waivers to further upgrade. Glad to hear Cushing’s visit got canceled. That dude has slip big time.

  30. Not great news for Raiders opponents. As a big Chiefs fan I can tell you that guy is a bad mother. Anyone who saw him crush the Tennessee QB, knock the ball out and watch Justin Houston run it back for a TD in the playoffs last year will tell you that. The guy can still play better than 80% of ILB’s in the league.

  31. Geesh some old timers here, and the poster who said it was the new “Over the Hill Gang” hit it right. The Raiders new sponsors will be AARP, Leisure World Senior Living, and Geritol.

  32. The funny thing is he will go back to KC in a year or two. He then will give KC all the intel on the Raiders and their staff.

  33. Not sure how this is anything other than a good addition to a much maligned group of lb’s, is the season here yet because I can’t wait for the haters to go away and hide under a rock or something when the Raiders start winning.

  34. Shove off

    Raiders draft rated as D by the “experts.” I’m certain everyone will talk about how horrible this signing will be… Oh and Gruden is a terrible coach… So I guess we are doomed. The greeat thing about the NFL is that games are actually played to determine winners. All you closet GM’s on here…

    Again Shove OFF..

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