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Former Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson announces retirement

Former Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson announced his retirement Tuesday.
Former Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson announced his retirement Tuesday. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

Former Ravens outside linebacker Jarret Johnson used his Instagram account Tuesday to announce the end of his 12-year NFL career, the last three of which were spent with the San Diego Chargers.

Johnson wrote in the comments below an array of photos from his playing days that he "lived a dream which few can say but it's time to move on.

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"I want to thank the Chargers organization for giving me a home these past three years," Johnson wrote. "I have nothing but respect for the players, coaches, front office staff and fans that were apart of me and my families lives. It's been a great ride!!"

Johnson also thanked his "Baltimore family," where he learned "to be a pro and conduct yourself like a warrior on the field" and "spent [nine] of the best years of my life."

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Johnson, a fourth-round pick in 2003, accumulated 20 sacks in nine seasons with the Ravens and missed just one game while with the team.

Of his 506 career tackles, 382 came with the Ravens. He left the team with franchise records in consecutive games played (129) and consecutive starts (80), though both records have since fallen.

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