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Former Cardinals safety joins Titans on one-year deal.

The Tennessee Titans have added another veteran to their defense with the addition of former Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson in free agency.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent safety Rashad Johnson on a one-year contract.

 

Johnson (5-11, 204) spent the last seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after being selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.  He saw action at both free and strong safety during his time with the Cardinals.  In 100 career games (51 starts), he collected 330 tackles, 15 interceptions, 26 passes defensed, one sack, four fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and 49 special teams tackles.  He returned three interceptions for touchdowns. 

 

In 2015, Johnson played in 14 games (all starts) and tied for the team lead with a career-high five interceptions, a total that also tied for sixth place in the NFL.  He added 59 tackles, eight passes defensed, two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and five special teams stops.  In the playoffs, he started both of the team’s games and recorded eight tackles and his first career postseason interception. 

 

Johnson famously lost the tip of his left middle finger in a game against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 22, 2013.  He returned to action three weeks later, and since that time, his 12 interceptions are tied for second in the NFL among all players, trailing only Reggie Nelson’s 13 thefts.

 

A native of Sulligent, Ala., Johnson was a walk-on running back at the University of Alabama who went on to become a two-time team captain as a free safety.  Only seven previous Crimson Tide players were elected captain for two seasons.  He was a unanimous All-SEC first-team selection as a senior in 2008.

 


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