Jarret Johnson Is Retiring After 12 Seasons In NFL

By Paul Maland

After being selected in the third round by the Ravens in 2003 and spending nine seasons with the team, Johnson joined the Chargers via free agency in 2013. He was a productive veteran leader for the linebacker corps over the past few seasons. Coaches and players respected his energy and work ethic.

Jarret Johnson retires after 12 seasons, 9 w Ravens. Fits description of one who "played like a Raven." Good dude. pic.twitter.com/myQRwWyyoz

— Mark Viviano (@MarkWJZ) February 24, 2015

Former Raven Jarret Johnson announced his retirement on Instagram. A long-time locker room favorite in Baltimore.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 24, 2015

Best of luck in your coming years Jarret.

Jarret was one of the most hard-nosed players in the game and his physical play will be missed. Dwight Freeney is a free agent and likely will not be brought back onto the roster. That will leave the team with some young linebackers and the team may need to go into free agency to bring in some veteran leadership. This will give the young players a chance to produce though.

It will be up to Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu to take over the starting gig on the defense. Both have not proven that they can be healthy in the NFL, so the team will need to find some depth at the position. They could look for someone to fill the hole in the draft.