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Johnson Agrees To Deal With Chargers

The Ravens have lost veteran outside linebacker Jarret Johnson to free agency.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Garrett Downing

The Ravens have lost another defensive starter to free agency.

Veteran outside linebacker Jarret Johnson has agreed to a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers, the Chargers announced Wednesday. The financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.


He is the second starter to leave via free agency, as defensive end Cory Redding reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Colts earlier in the day.

Johnson had spent his entire nine-year career with the Ravens since getting selected in the fourth round of the 2003 draft.

The Ravens had hoped to bring back Johnson, who has been a leader of the defense and in the locker room, holding franchise records with 80 consecutive starts and 129 consecutive games played.

“Jarret is a Raven,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said at the combine last month. “He plays like a Raven. We’d love to have him back if things can work itself out.”

Johnson was a critical piece of the Ravens defense that ranked second-best in the NFL against the run. He played the on the opposite side of Terrell Suggs and finished last season with 56 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Johnson’s departure leaves a hole on the defense that the Ravens could likely look to fill in the draft or in free agency. The most likely candidate on the roster to step into Johnson’s starting role is fourth-year linebacker Paul Kruger.

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