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Raiders Sign Linebacker Derrick Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Derrick Johnson, the club announced Monday.

Johnson joins the Raiders after 13 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. Following his selection by Kansas City in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft (15th overall), Johnson was named to four Pro Bowls (2011-13, 2015) and selected to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2011.

For his career, Johnson has played in 182 games with 169 starts and totaled 1,262 tackles (993 solo), 27.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 77 passes defensed. In the postseason, Johnson has played in six games and posted 40 tackles (26 solo) and one sack.

The 6-foot-3, 242-pounder is the Chiefs’ all-time leader with 1,262 tackles. He was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team in 2011 after setting a franchise record with 179 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions. Last season, Johnson played in 15 games and recorded 71 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A native of Waco, Texas, Johnson appeared in 50 games with 40 starts over four seasons at Texas, registering 458 tackles (281 solo), 10.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions. As a senior in 2004, he was named the Butkus Award winner and also earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

In a corresponding transaction, the Raiders have waived DB Darius Hillary.

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