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Former Wildcat Micah Johnson is now CFL’s highest paid defensive player

The former Wildcat has found great success outside of the U.S.

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Former Kentucky football standout Micah Johnson may not have found success in the NFL, but he just accomplished a feat no other CFL defensive player has.

The former Wildcat signed a one-year, $250,000 contract with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, which now makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.

Johnson played at Kentucky from 2006-2010. He helped the Wildcats have one of their most successful seasons in recent memory in 2007, and in 2010, recorded 105 total tackles.

He signed as an un-drafted free agent with the New York Giants of the NFL following his 2010 senior season.

Now 30 years old, Johnson is entering his seventh year in the CFL after brief NFL stints with Giants, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, and Green Bay Packers from 2010-13.

Johnson spent his first six CFL seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. In 2018 he recorded 158 tackles, 14 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions helping him earn the historic contract.

Johnson is one of many Wildcats making their mark in the CFL as Chris Matthews, Boom Williams, DeQuin Evans, Cory Johnson, Garrett Johnson and Jordan Swindle all are playing north of the border.