Chargers Sign OLB Jarret Johnson To 4-Year Deal

The Chargers inked OLB Jarret Johnson to a 4-year deal. He will likely be the starting outside linebacker opposite of Shaun Phillips. Johnson was one of the top outside linebackers available. He doesn’t rush the passer well, but he is stout against the run.

Here is what Walter Football has to say about him:

Jarret Johnson doesn’t rush the passer well despite playing outside linebacker in a 3-4. He’s amazing in all other facets of the game, however. He’s one of the most underrated players in the NFL.

With the signing of Johnson, could we got DT Dontari Poe in the first round? Or we could go David DeCastro now.

Another nice signing by AJ.

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  • RussellGrant

    Jarret Johnson is 31.  That said he is a solid pickup.  Dontari Poe would be a beast in the middle of this defense but we need an outside rusher who can pin the ears back and plant quarterbacks in the ground.

    • the gorn

       @RussellGrant I agree.  This guy is a backup or part of the rotation.  We still need an edge rusher.

  • SteveYo

    This means that the Chargers are probably targeting one of the 3-4 DE’s with their first pick – Cox, Still, or Brockers – to help with the pass rush.  They’re probably thinking that the rush 3-4 OLBs – Upshaw & Mercilus will be gone.

  • 619chargers4life

    if we go OL in the draft 1st round im going to be pissed. this is classic AJ. his thinking is hey charger fans i did what u wanted me to do and made a splash in FA so were going OL in the draft now. 
    the league year just started so im not going to go to hard on him yet. but damn  

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @619chargers4life i like how you added “yet”

      • 619chargers4life

         @epadaon you know me lol i just wish i had more time in my day to post more often.

      • RussellGrant

         @epadaon  @619chargers4life It’s only been two days.  AJ has made a few moves  but the other holes are there.

    • KennyRedman

      Classic AJ……The Chargers havn’t picked a OL in the first round since 1986

      • 619chargers4life

         @KennyRedman you get the point

    • NickGoulart1

       This is just from memory but I believe McNeill was a 2, Hardwick and Vasquez were 3′s, Greene was like a 4 (?), and Clary was a 6 or 7. 
      I would be cool with a big, fat Guard–but I’m starting to think we will sign a Vet and draft one of these later. 
      I would also be cool with a pass-rusher.
      No one wil want to hear this–but we need a corner to develop as well.  This may end up being Jammer’s final year with the Bolts (We are spending money this year and will be looking for players who have suddenly become overpriced Vets to cut next offseason–it’s cold, but it is what it is). Much has been made about making Quentin a safety–yeah right.  When he slips at Corner he’s done. Cason needs someone to compete with for his starting gig badly anyways.  He really disappointed and stank it up last year after a somewhat promising rookie year (Burress x3 ?!).  Gilchrist may still pan out, but he definitely wasn’t a step-in starter. 
      I know we need a safety, but I really hope we avoid Mark Barron from ‘Bama in the 1st.  I’ve spent some time on him and he’s really not what I was hoping he would be.  I would take Harrison Smith over him even though he is projected lower.  Smith may be an option in the 2nd (AJ may sell the farm to trade up and get him–seems like his type of guy). 
      Pretty much anything besides a QB or RB is in play for the Chargers in the 1st.

  • Jeffrey Perkins

    Brings speed to a slow defense.

  • http://ebonybird.com/ tynanpatrick37

    i wouldnt bank on Decastro or Poe being available, i think Poe goes to the Panthers and Decastro to the Cowboys before the Chargers get on the clock.

  • Bleu

    They ain’t getn a chance at poe but if they do it would be absolutely imperitive that they pick him up. U can never pass an asset like him up unless we can get a prospect like perry.