Johnson appeared in 40 games for the Saints over three seasons, totaling 55 tackles and 5.0 sacks. The 29-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent.
Junior Galette 'a steal' for Saints
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/22/14) Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette broke out in 2013, starting every game from Week 2 on and ranking second on the team with 12 sacks and 22 quarterback hits. Galette led the Saints with 14 tackles for loss.
Galette signed a contract extension last offseason through 2015. With his cap number at $2.9 million the next two seasons, "he's a steal for the Saints," reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Galette helped New Orleans pile up 49 sacks, which ranked fourth in the NFL. The Saints had just 30 sacks in 2012.
Cameron Jordan does his job against Seahawks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/11/14) Defensive end Cameron Jordan led the Saints charge defensively Saturday in Seattle. He contributed six tackles, one of three sacks and two of three TFLs.
Saints release inactive report for playoff game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/11/14) Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) is the lone injured player on the inactive report for the Saturday playoff battle in Seattle.
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/11/14) Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis has been green-lighted for the Saturday playoff game against Seattle despite head and neck ailments that had him designated as probable.
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The Saints defense will undergo some significant changes in 2013 as it switches from a 4-3 front to a 3-4 scheme under the eye of new coordinator Rob Ryan. It can't get worse than what they've had of late. In 2012 the defense registered 30 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 15 interceptions and a league-worst 440.1 total yards per game. One big issue is that switching schemes doesn't always work so well, and another is that coach Ryan has struggled in stops in Oakland, Cleveland and Dallas to build effective defenses. Though they added some promising players like Keenan Lewis, Victor Butler and rookies Kenny Vaccaro and John Jenkins, we wouldn't run the risk of drafting the Saints DST. (Updated 5/10/13)