Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson will test free agency

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KAKE) -

The Kansas City Chiefs announced Tuesday that 13 year veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson will not be be re-signed and will enter free agency when his contract expires on March 14.

Johnson, the Chiefs' all-time leading tackler earned four Pro Bowl nods in his 13 seasons in Kansas City and compiled 1,262 tackles.

Head coach Andy Reid weighed in on the decision to let the defensive leader go.

“I’m grateful I had the opportunity to coach a player like Derrick,” Reid said. “He’s a passionate football player and a natural leader. I value the amount of quality work he put in every day for us, including teaching our younger players what it means to be a pro. I think he will make an incredible coach when he is done playing the game, if he chooses.”

Johnson, a former Texas Longhorn, was selected by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.