After nine productive seasons with the Ravens, linebacker Jarret Johnson faces an uncertain future with the franchise. He is an unrestricted free agent and he knows that the Ravens are trying to get faster and younger on defense.
However, there he was Friday, seated front and center in the auditorium at the team’s complex as Dean Pees was introduced as the team’s new defensive coordinator. Johnson was the lone player in attendance.
“I’m not here about my future,” said Johnson, the 30-year-old who had 56 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks during the regular season. “I’m here about the future of the Ravens. I’m still a Raven until March whatever and I’ve had a great relationship with Dean. I have a ton of respect for him and I’m excited about the opportunity that he has with this staff. I hope to be a part of it, but business is just business. It’s going to work itself out. Me being here today has nothing to do about my future. It has everything to do with his future.”
Pees, asked by a reporter if he expects free safety Ed Reed to return for the 2012 season, said that he hopes the entire Ravens defense -- which includes Johnson, of course -- will be back next season.
“I expect everybody to be back, absolutely. There’s not one guy in that room that I don’t want back,” he said. “Ed, all of them, I would love to have the whole crew back. I know sometimes that’s impossible and generally doesn’t happen, but I would just love to have the team just like it is.”