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Chiefs ILB Johnson entering 'monumental' season

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By Michael Blunda

Understandably, Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson was not thrilled with his role during the 2009 season. A former defensive leader, he rubbed the Chiefs' new regime the wrong way in training camp and was relegated to the bench for much of year, starting just three games. Fed up with his reduction in snaps, we hear Johnson, a restricted free agent, said he was going to leave Kansas City if he wasn't given his starting job back in '10. However, things between Johnson and head coach Todd Haley must have been smoothed over at some point this offseason, as he signed his one-year tender in late March. The staff's seemingly renewed sense of faith in the linebacker might stem from his scintillating performance in Week 17, when he returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a surprise win over the Broncos. We're told that this is a "monumental," make-or-break year for the '05 first-rounder, as his only opportunity to get a hefty contract will be with a major rebound campaign.


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