Jarret Johnson would like to retire with the organization that drafted him 13 years ago.
If possible, Johnson would like to sign a one-day contract with the Ravens so that he could retire as a member of the organization. Appearing on radio station WBAL Monday night, Johnson said it would be something that would mean a lot to him.
"If I had the opportunity to retire a Raven, I would definitely take advantage of that," Johnson said.
Johnson was taken in the fourth round by the Ravens in the 2003 NFL draft and enjoyed a 12-year career. He went on to be one of the most reliable and durable players in team history. He set franchise records, which have since been broken, for consecutive games played (129) and consecutive starts (80). In his playing career, he recorded 506 tackles (382 with the Ravens) and 25.5 sacks (20 with the Ravens).
After the 2011 season, Johnson signed with the Chargers, in a salary cap related move on the Ravens side. He was asked what it was like to move on the offseason before the Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl. Johnson shared what that moment was like as a member of another franchise.
"It didn't hit me. I was at a Super Bowl party, I'm watching the game, I was cheering for the Ravens," Johnson said. "I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, they're going to do it, this is awesome, blah blah blah.' It was a great game. And then all of a sudden in the middle of the fourth quarter my phone starts blowing up. It's text after call after text. And everybody's [saying], 'Oh, I'm so sorry. I can't believe this is happening.' Some of my buddies are making fun of me. They're like, 'Oh, you left you idiot, blah blah blah.' And I never even really looked at it like that. After a while, yeah, I would have liked to have been there. But those were the cards that were dealt to me. When I left it was very clear it was my time to go."