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The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal Friday with veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson to bolster the middle of their defense.

Coach Jon Gruden said Johnson adds a presence to the defense that was needed.

"He brings us status at a critical position Preston Brown Jersey ," Gruden said. "He's got a great history in this league, been productive under a lot of different coaches, different schemes. He understands the AFC West and certainly understands this rivalry. I'm really excited to add him to our team."

The 35-year-old Johnson spent his first 13 NFL seasons with the rival Kansas City Chiefs and will likely fill the role at middle linebacker that NaVorro Bowman played the second half of last season.

Johnson has been one of the better linebackers in the league during his career but was allowed to leave Kansas City earlier this offseason as the team tried to get younger.

Johnson is a four-time Pro Bowler and the career tackles leader for the Chiefs.

He appeared in 182 games with 169 starts since being drafted in the first round in 2005. He piled up 1,262 tackles to easily shatter the franchise record, had 27陆 sacks and picked off 14 passes, returning four of them for touchdowns.

He had a career-best 179 tackles in 2011, when he was voted the Chiefs' team MVP.

Johnson piled up his impressive stats despite missing part of two seasons with ruptured Achilles tendons. He returned from the first one as good as ever, earning his most recent Pro Bowl trip in 2015, but the second seemed to finally take a step out of his legs this past season.

He had 48 tackles in 15 games last season but slowly lost playing time to younger teammates in the middle of the Kansas City defense.

The Raiders need an anchor in the middle of their defense. Bowman fared well in that role after being signed last October following his release by San Francisco. There was interest in bringing him back for a second season but the two sides couldn't agree on a price.

Oakland didn't address that need at linebacker in the draft until the sixth round last week with the pick of Washington linebacker Azeem Victor.

The Raiders also waived linebacker Cory James with a failed physical designation and cut defensive lineman Armonty Bryant with a non-football illness.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been in the NFL long enough, and been with so many different teams, that the quarterback has plenty of experience of playing somewhere in a different uniform.

Coming back to Tennessee is a bit easier thanks to such a short stint with the Titans.

"When I was here Clark Harris Jersey , it was such a blur because really it was just a year," Fitzpatrick said. "I'd just got released from Buffalo and was only here for a quick time. So they've done a really nice job with it. It's almost unrecognizable with some of the stuff and how it's changed so quickly."

Fitzpatrick went 3-6 filling in for Jake Locker in 2013. That was three coaches and a handful of quarterbacks ago for Tennessee with Fitzpatrick with his third team since then.

Making the return visit more enjoyable is Fitzpatrick is expected to start a second straight preseason game Saturday night for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay will be without Jameis Winston for the first three games of the season, suspended after the NFL investigated an allegation Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.

Tennessee will start Marcus Mariota, the quarterback drafted No. 2 overall in 2015 after Tampa Bay selected Winston. Mariota is on his third head coach in Mike Vrabel, who will make his home debut Saturday night. Mariota is busy learning offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur's offense and wants to follow up the touchdown drive he had in their opener at Green Bay.

"If we can go out there, operate at a high tempo, operate where everybody's on the same page, we're all communicating, being efficient, that will be definitely success," Mariota said.

Elsewhere around the NFL Nyheim Hines Color Rush Jersey , Jacksonville is at Minnesota, Oakland visits the Rams, Cincinnati is at Dallas, San Francisco visits Houston, Chicago is at Denver and Seattle is at the Chargers.

What to look for around the league Saturday:

JIMMY G AND DEANDRE

Jimmy Garoppolo's exhibition debut lasted one drive with a few off-target passes and no points. He could get a little more time against Houston after two days of joint practices with the Texans showing him a different style of defense than he usually sees in practice.

"I think it was good. A lot of different looks that we're not used to getting," he said. "They run a different defense than what we're used to so it got our guys thinking and I think we handled it very well."

Houston star receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed most of the first of two practices with the 49ers after being kicked out for his role in a scuffle with Jimmie Ward. In his return, he reveled in competing against four-time Pro Bowler Richard Sherman and hopes to get more work in against him Saturday night.

"It's always good to up against a veteran guy because he can tell your weaknesses, he's going to tell you after what you need to work on," Hopkins said. "So, going up against guys like that, it helps me stay on top of my game."

HOLDOUT BOWL

When the Raiders return to their old home at the L.A. Coliseum for the first time in nearly 24 years to face the Rams in an exhibition game http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-uchenna-nwosu-jersey , both teams will have key pieces missing.

Oakland edge rusher Khalil Mack and Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, the winners of the past two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards, both are staging contract holdouts as they seek lucrative long-term deals.

That gives both teams opportunities to see what kind of pass rush they can get without the two stars. The Raiders were pleased with the inside push rookies P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst supplied in the exhibition opener against Detroit last week.

The game marks the Raiders' first game at the Coliseum since losing 19-9 to Kansas City on Dec. 24, 1994. The Raiders spent 13 seasons at the Coliseum before returning to Oakland in 1995, winning the Super Bowl following the 1983 season.

Rams coach Sean McVay is expected to hold out quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and most key playmakers for a second straight game.

COUSINS' MINNESOTA DEBUT

The previous time the Vikings suited up at U.S. Bank Stadium, they beat the New Orleans Saints in their playoff game on Stefon Diggs' last-play touchdown catch from Case Keenum. Kirk Cousins watched that one from home, in awe and disbelief like everyone else, not yet knowing Minnesota was the place he would wind up.

Now Cousins, who signed a three-year, $84 million Authentic Pekka Rinne Jersey , fully guaranteed contract, will put on his new purple jersey in front of Minnesota's fans for the first time. He is expected to play more than one series after being perfect in the Vikings' exhibition opener last week at Denver.

"The little bit I've been there, it's a great facility," Cousins said. "I'm just so excited to hear the crowd and go through warmups and just get a feel for the game-day dynamic. I'm sure it's going to be second to none in the NFL."

LEFT BEHIND

The Jaguars will be without both cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler in Minnesota. Both were left at home for disciplinary reasons following a scrap between Fowler and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. That ought to create more opportunities for rookie defensive end Taven Bryan, who was held out of the game against New Orleans last week because of an abdominal injury. Bryan was the 29th overall pick in the draft out of Florida.

DALTON HOMECOMING: COLLEGE VERSION

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton gets another college version of his two Texas homecomings in Dallas.

The Houston-area native and former TCU standout threw for two touchdowns in the preseason debut of Cincinnati's revamped offense, a 30-27 win over Chicago . It's the third time Dalton has visited the Cowboys, who play about 20 miles from his college home. This is his second preseason trip.

Dalton and the Bengals should get a better test against Dallas, though linebacker Sean Lee and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who tie Youth New Orleans Saints Jerseys

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