The Denver Broncos have signed former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson, according to the team’s official Twitter account.
Johnson, who will wear #62 for the team, was cleared of rape charges by a Knox County jury. Johnson and former teammate Michael Williams were accused of aggravated rape at a Nov. 2014 party off campus.
Johnson hadn’t played football in three seasons as he worked to clear his name.
The linebacker finished his career at Tennessee with 424 tackles, including 30.5 for loss and three fumble recoveries. He was a preseason All-SEC first-teamer in 2014.
“A.J. hasn’t had the opportunity to play football for the last three years while resolving a serious legal matter. We’ve had several conversations with him since he’s been cleared and have become very familiar with his background and character,” said Broncos general manager John Elway. “Our organization is confident A.J. is ready to move forward and resume his playing career.”
The Broncos released linebacker Stansley Maponga to make room for Johnson. According to NBC Denver sports reporter Mike Klis, nearly 10 teams were bidding for Johnson’s services.