Johnson Earns NFL Opportunity With Dolphins

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Derrell Johnson

May 13, 2014

Bio | Miami Dolphins website

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Outside linebacker Derrell Johnson became the fourth former East Carolina player to sign an undrafted free agent contract with a National Football League organization this week after agreeing to terms with the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins, who confirmed the signing late Monday night, will introduce Johnson and other newcomers during its upcoming rookie mini-camp.

Johnson, a four-year starter who played the end position as a freshman before moving to outside linebacker in the Pirates' 3-4 scheme the remaining three years, helped guide ECU to a combined 29 victories and three bowl game appearances.

The Baltimore native enjoyed his top statistical season as a senior in 2013, tallying a team-leading 80 stops, 14.0 tackles for lost yardage and 8.0 sacks in 13 starts while leading East Carolina to its second-highest win (10-3) total in school history and a Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl victory over Ohio.

The two-time All-Conference USA performer contributed 62 tackles, 11 resulting in lost yardage, as a junior in 2012 after collecting a combined 79 hits as a freshman (40) and sophomore (39).

In 50 career games, which included 49 starts, Johnson booked a total of 221 tackles, 35.0 TFLs and 19.0 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered a pair, netted one interception and was credited with 22 quarterback pressures. Johnson posted multiple tackle totals on 42 occasions and closed out his collegiate career by recording at least one stop in 38 consecutive contests.

Johnson, 24, joins OG Will Simmons (Steelers), DE Lee Pegues (Bears) and TE Justin Jones (Patriots) on the list of Pirates who have signed free agent contracts thus far.