Carroll County Times

Ravens: Johnson, Redding join Chargers, Colts

OWINGS MILLS -- Veteran outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and defensive end Cory Redding have officially left the Baltimore Ravens' defense

The San Diego Chargers landed Johnson with a four-year contract today.

And Redding signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Johnson is valued for his ability to stuff the run, playing with strong leverage and a nasty streak. He was a popular fan favorite.

Johnson started the past 129 games for the Ravens, avreraging 58 tackles, nearly 3 1/2 sacks and 1.6 forced fumbles per year over the past five seasons.

Johnson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week against the New York Jets last season as he returned a fumble for a touchdown and delivered two quarterback hits on Mark Sanchez.

He was coached last season by Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who left his job as Ravens defensive coordinator to go to Indianapolis. Pagano is the brother of Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano.

Three seasons ago, the two-time Alabama team captain registered a career-high six sacks.

Redding's addition could potentially spell the end of defensive end Dwight Freeney's tenure with the Colts.

Freeney could be released or traded.

Redding is a 3-4 defensive end at 6-foot-4, 298 pounds, and Pagano is installing a hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme.

Redding is a former Detroit Lions first-round draft pick who recorded 43 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks last season for the Ravens.

He played last season under a $2.7 million base salary.

With his two-year, $6 million contract expired, Redding has now moved on to the Colts.

For his career, Redding has registered 407 tackles, 25 1/2 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles