Johnston was a seventh round draft pick by GM Carl Peterson in 2008. He was labeled a 4-3 defensive end when drafted, but was forced to outside linebacker in Todd Haley's 3-4 scheme.
Since Johnston is not a four year veteran, he will enter waivers. As Gretz points out, don't be surprised if the Detroit Lions make a claim on him. They're first in line and new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham comes from the Chiefs.
His career totals include three tackles on defense and one on special teams. His season ended on November 12th when he was placed on injured reserve for a calf injury.
According to NFLPA records, Johnston was due a base salary of $385,000 in 2009 and $470,000 in 2010.
As excited as we were for the Chiefs 12 man 2008 draft class, only eight remain. Joining Johnston in the Pioli purge is KR Kevin Robinson, TE Michael Merritt and WR Will Franklin.
33% of the Chiefs 2008 draft class is gone. That's a fourth rounder, sixth rounder and two seventh rounders.
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