Wednesday Notes: Lions Re-Sign DeAngelo Smith, Will Host Landon Johnson for a Visit

  • The Lions have re-signed cornerback DeAngelo Smith.  Smith was one of five exclusive rights free agents for the Lions.  All of them were tendered offers, meaning they have to sign with the team or sit out the season, and Smith is the first to sign as far as I know.
  • Linebacker Landon Johnson is scheduled to visit the Lions today.  Johnson was released by the Panthers on March 5 after spending two seasons with the team.  Before that he played for the Bengals from 2004-07 and led the team in tackles for three seasons.  His numbers dropped significantly in Carolina because he didn't start a single game in 2008 and was only in the starting lineup 3 times last season.  This was quite a change after he started 53 games in four seasons with the Bengals, but as John Niyo points out, he was more of a special teams player with the Panthers.  Considering the Lions' special teams coach used to be with the Panthers, I think we can assume that their connection is a big reason why Johnson is set to visit.
  • Matthew Stafford didn't run at full speed yesterday (he should be able to at the minicamp next month), but he was throwing at full speed.
  • Stafford gave Nate Burleson a call as part of the Lions' effort to recruit him to Detroit.
  • The move to trade for Shaun Hill excites Stafford.
  • Stafford has gained a lot of valuable experience since he first joined the Lions a year ago.
  • There is still time to join Pride of Detroit Tournament Pick'em, so if you haven't already signed up for the group and submitted your picks, do it before the games tip off on Thursday.
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