Denver Broncos: Team Signs Linebacker A.J. Johnson
By Tylor Walden
The Denver Broncos made another move this afternoon. After signing Shamarko Thomas to the roster, the team added A.J. Johnson.
When it comes to football, you can never have too many linebackers. The Denver Broncos have been huge on the linebacking corp for a long time. A new face was added to the competition on Monday afternoon. The Broncos signed former Tennessee Volunteers linebacker A.J. Johnson to the team.
To make room for him, the Broncos released Stansly Maponga. Now A.J. Johnson will get a chance to resume his football career. Johnson was a solid player during his time at Tennessee. However, he stepped away from football to take care of a legal matter.
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It appeared to be a promising career for A.J. Johnson until his legal matter occurred. He spent a lot of time clearing his name so that he can resume his football career.
He talked to the media after practice on Monday and gave his thoughts on beginning his NFL journey.
“It’s a blessing to be a part of a team, I’m excited to get out there, start working out, and start working my tail off.”
He will have a lot of catching up to do. But there is a lot of promise into him. There are some even saying he could have a shot at the final 53-man roster. It will be interesting to see how he does once he begins play on the football field.
He is the second all-time leader as his school in tackles, racking up 425 of them. For a team that had an issue with tackling last season, it makes all the sense for the Broncos to bring A.J. Johnson in.
We will get to see more of him as the week goes on. And he will get a shot at different competition when the Chicago Bears come for joint practices this week.