Chris Johnson came in mid-season last year, after the cornerback position had been running thin, mainly after the ACL injury to Lardarius Webb. Johnson played in four games, starting one. He finished the season with seven tackles and one forced fumble.
The 33 year-old veteran had been battling with Chykie Brown to see who would get the number four CB spot. Johnson had been unhealthy most of training camp with migraines. He did sit out the second preseason game against Atlanta for this very reason.
Chris Johnson was a member of the Super Bowl XLVII team, and he was viable to them after injuries struck the Ravens' defense in the middle of the season.
The release of Johnson may give chances to younger CB's like Moe Lee and Marc Anthony to show what they can do and get some playing time. This could definitely be a positive move toward the Ravens' defensive future, which is bright.