BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The first free agent domino has dropped in the Cardinals secondary: Rashad Johnson is moving onto the Tennessee Titans.
Johnson made the move official on Twitter:
— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) March 25, 2016
NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport is hearing that the deal between Johnson and the Titans is for one-year:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2016
Johnson was the anchor in Arizona’s secondary for the past seven years. The team chose him in the third round (95th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He started 51 of the 100 games he played for the Cardinals, and had 330 tackles, 72 assists, 15 interceptions (including a career-high five in 2015; three of the 15 were returned for touchdown), one sack, 26 passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries.
Johnson was one of the best special teamers the Cardinals had to offer. In his seven years in Arizona, Johnson had 49 special teams tackles.
In 2013, Johnson became famous when he lost the tip of his left middle finger while attempting a special teams tackle against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. He returned to action three games later.
A few of his former secondary mates, Justin Bethel, Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu, took to social media to congratulate him on his deal:
Happy for my brother @49foyamind49 definitely going to miss you on the field.
— Justin bethel (@Jbet26) March 25, 2016
I will never forget ! Go get em boss! https://t.co/XS2aqDXn3L
— Tony Jefferson (@tonyjefferson1) March 25, 2016
Bless up my savage. The way you brought me closer to GOD, what you taught me in the film room won't go in vein https://t.co/DYtw5WW7v7
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) March 25, 2016