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Chiefs Working On New Deal For ILB Derrick Johnson

Update:

Adam Teicher spoke with Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson who said that he’s more optimistic about returning to K.C.

It’s heating up,” Johnson said. “It’s going to come down to the wire.”

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ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that the Chiefs and ILB Derrick Johnson are negotiating a contract extension as we near start of free agency.

Chiefs GM John Dorsey previously said that they plan to do everything in their power to re-sign him.

You look at the free-agency board as it unfolds, and you look at the character of the man,” Dorsey said when asked about Johnson at the combine, via the Kansas City Star. “Is he the type of guy you want in your locker room? Is he a man of character? Which we all know he is.

“You know … I will do everything within my power to try to do something with him.

Johnson, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2005. He’s in line to be one of the best available inside linebackers in this year’s free agent class.

In 2015, Johnson appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs and recorded 116 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 linebacker out of 97 qualifying players.

We have both players featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.