Raiders LB Derrick Johnson ‘chasing a championship’ with Oakland
Many questioned why he would trade in the red for the silver and black, but for him the answer is simple, he wants a championship.
“The main reason I’m still playing ball and chasing a championship ring is because I believe I have a lot left in the tank,” Johnson said via SFGate. “And that’s the only reason I’m back. When I get to a point that I’m like, ‘Man, I’m hanging on,’ I’ll get out. I’ll get out of the NFL.
“But right now, and I expressed this to (Raiders head coach Jon) Gruden, I wasn’t interested in some type of rebuilding atmosphere. As soon as I said that, he had that look in his eye like, ‘You’re talking about the sense of urgency to win.’ And that’s exactly right. And when he said that, I said, ‘Yes, that’s what I want.’”
For the Raiders, they get an experienced middle linebacker, a position they have been looking to fill for a few years. The big question now for Johnson is if he can stay healthy. In the last four years, he has suffered two Achilles injuries, but last year was a healthy season for the veteran.
Another thing that also drew Johnson to Oakland was playing in a defense that he called linebacker friendly.
“It’s a scheme that’s built for linebackers to make plays,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of responsibility in this defense. With my wisdom playing for 13 years – they ask the linebackers to do a lot mentally just so we can make plays, and that’s right up my alley.”
There’s still a lot to be seen about what Johnson can do on the field, but for now, it seems like this pairing has a lot of potential.