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You knew it was going to happen... because Ozzie doesn't write a 4-year deal for a 31-year-old outside linebacker... it makes perfect sense for Ozzie to let Jarret Johnson go from a personnel management standpoint... but it is still a shock to see a great Ravens player sign with another team.
Welcome back to salary cap reality.....Teams were spoiled over the last few years not having to worry too much about cap space... now GM's have to really earn their checks when forecasting cap space for just not one year down the road but up to 3 or 4 years ...
Hence, Jarret Johnson no longer fit into the Ravens' fiscal plans...
Too bad. He was a real good outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme...
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.
I like Kruger a lot. I think he can step up. But it will be a tougher assignment due to the memories of Jarret Johnson's winning ways in Baltimore at that position.
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The Baltimore Ravens have lost another defensive starter to free agency, as linebacker Jarret Johnson agreed to a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday. The financial terms of the deal have not been announced. Johnson, who will turn 31 before the start of the 2012 season, has played his entire nine-year career [...]
The second unrestricted free agent of the Baltimore Ravens has left to sign with another team.
According to multiple reports, outside linebacker, and longtime Raven, Jarret Johnson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Chargers.
Johnson is one of the better run-stopping linebackers in the league, but was often replaced on passing downs.
Third-year player Paul Kruger is likely...
Now that he's a member of the Saints, I figured I'd learn more about Ben Grubbs by catching up with esteemed blogger Tony Lombardi of Ravens 24x7. No one knows more about the Ravens than this guy, so make sure you go check out his site. Many thanks to Tony for taking the time to give us his take on Grubbs. Here is what he had to say:
"Ben is a player the Ravens would...
Former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Jarret Johnson signed with San Diego Chargers on Wednesday and called into WBAL radio on Thursday to discuss his departure from Baltimore. Late in the interview Johnson was asked if his leaving the Ravens was any less painful because he did not not end up signing with Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets or Indianapolis Colts and Johnson replied...
Baltimore is always prepared for free agency and they generally wait for the market to set itself before pursuing free agents from other teams. Now it’s looking like the Ravens will lose two free agents.
Defensive end Cory Redding is reportedly set to meet with the Indianapolis Colts. This makes sense because the Ravens’ former defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano, is now the...
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The San Diego Chargers have re-signed left tackle Jared Gaither to a four-year contract and signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Jarret Johnson, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, to a four-year deal.
Gaither helped solidify the Chargers' line during the last five games after he was waived by Kansas City. He replaced Marcus McNeill, who sustained a season-ending neck injury...
The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent defensive end Cory Redding to a three-year contract Wednesday.The deal is reportedly worth $10.5 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Redding recorded 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 15 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season.
They weren’t able to keep Carl Nicks. He left for Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
OG Ben Grubbs was out there, so it was a pretty much a no-brainer.
Grubbs signed a 5-year deal with the Saints worth a whopping $36 million with a $10 million dollar signing bonus ($16M guaranteed).