Johnson Also Gone, Now a Ram

Not only did the Bears lose Cameron Worrell to the Dolphins on Thursday, but Todd Johnson signed with the Rams, as well. Neither backup safety was considered a high priority in free agency, but that doesn't change the fact that head coach Lovie Smith now has major depth concerns in his defensive secondary.

Per the Rams:

The St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with S Todd Johnson, the team announced today.

Johnson, 6-1, 200, spent the last four seasons with the Chicago Bears after being drafted by the club in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. In 2006, he finished with 34 tackles (19 solo) with one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and 10 special teams tackles while starting in six of the 12 games he played. Johnson also saw action in all three postseason contests for the Bears.

For his career, Johnson has made 140 tackles (93 solo) with seven passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 36 special teams tackles. Johnson established career-highs in 2004 with 10 starts in 16 games, notching 72 tackles (53 solo), four passes defensed, and one fumble recovery. He made a career-high 16 special teams tackles in 2005.

The University of Florida product has started 18 of 42 career games, seeing action at both safety positions.

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