Derrick Johnson said he had offers from "three or four teams" to join their squads this offseason, but he picked the Raiders over them all mainly for one big reason: Chucky.
"He's a big factor," Oakland's newest linebacker said of coach Jon Gruden during an interview on NFL Up to the Minute on Wednesday. "He's a very inspiring man. He's a guy who can get the players to play at a high level. He's a proven winner. He's a guy who has a lot of respect in this league and I have a lot of respect for him, and definitely, definitely a big reason why I ventured this way."
After spending the entirety of his 13-year career knowing Oakland as a rival when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs, Johnson agreed to a deal with the Raiders just hours after visiting them late last week.
It was on that trip, where he met with Gruden and found out the coach's plans for him, that he learned it'd be an easy choice to put pen to Silver and Black paper.