Linebacker Derrick Johnson, who played with Kansas City for 13 seasons, signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs' hated AFC West rival, the Oakland Raiders, several media outlets reported on Friday.
Despite tearing his left Achilles tendon for the second time in two years late in the 2016 season, the 35-year-old Johnson came back to make 71 tackles and break up seven passes in 15 games for the Chiefs last season.
Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, is expected to provide a veteran presence to the Raiders' defense in addition to upgrading pass coverage at the second level.
Selected by the Chiefs with the 15th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Texas after winning the Butkus Award, Johnson made 1,151 tackles and 14 interceptions, while causing 23 fumbles and recovering eight in his Kansas City career.
The signing of Johnson might indicate that the Raiders will not re-sign another veteran linebacker, NaVorro Bowman, even though general manager Reggie McKenzie has said he would like to keep the former San Francisco 49er.