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Derrick Johnson to join Jamaal Charles in retirement by signing one-day Chiefs contract

It’s retirement season at 1 Arrowhead Drive.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson is set to sign a one-day contract and retire as a Chief in the near future.

Though Johnson played the final six games of his career in Oakland, he expressed his commitment to the Chiefs when the team decided to let him reach free agency after the 2017 season.

“I’m a Chief at heart,” he said then. “My kids are Chiefs fans, and I’m sure whatever team I’m on (next), my kids are gonna have two teams, I’ll tell you that.”

Johnson’s news comes a day after running back Jamaal Charles signed a one-day contract and also retired as a Chief.

Johnson was a first-round pick by the organization in 2005 and spent 13 years in Kansas City before joining the Raiders for last season. He was released in October.

He is the Chiefs’ career tackles leader with 1,262 and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times.

“Few players in recent history have meant more to the Chiefs franchise and the Kansas City community than Derrick Johnson,” team CEO and Chairman Clark Hunt said in a 2018 statement when the team parted ways with Johnson. “His tireless work ethic and passion for the game made him one of the most productive defensive players to ever wear a Chiefs uniform and one of the most respected players both in our locker room and around the league.

“Over the last 13 seasons, Derrick represented himself and the Chiefs organization with integrity and class, and he will always be a part of our Chiefs family.”

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Brooke Pryor covers the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star, where she works to give readers a deeper understanding of the franchise and the NFL through daily stories, game coverage, and player profiles. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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