San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson has retired after a dozen seasons in the NFL.
Johnson was one of the most respected, toughest and grittiest players in the league.
"Today I am announcing my retirement from the game I love," Johnson said in a note posted on his Instagram account. "I lived a dream which few can say but it's time to move on. I want to thank the Chargers organization for giving me a home these past three years. I have nothing but respect for the players, coaches, front office staff and fans that were a part of me and my family's lives. It's been a great ride!"
Johnson had 51 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble last season.
Johnson was scheduled to make $5 million next year.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2003 draft by the Baltimore Ravens out of Alabama Johnson played nine seasons in Baltimore and three in San Diego. Johnson, 33, played in 184 games, finishing with 506 tackles, 25.5 career sacks and 11 forced fumbles.
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.