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Lions sign DE George Johnson

The Detroit Lions have signed a former Minnesota Vikings defensive end.


On Monday, the Detroit Lions signed a pair of cornerbacks in order to add some extra depth to the secondary before their voluntary minicamp begins on Tuesday. Also, it turns out that they added some extra depth on the defensive line by signing defensive end George Johnson, according to his agent.

Johnson joins the Lions after spending the last couple seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He appeared in two games in 2012, but that was it. Before that, he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2010. He had 7 total tackles in nine games during his time with the Bucs.

At this point, Johnson looks like a camp body. He is slated to be behind Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Devin Taylor and Darryl Tapp on the depth chart, and the Lions also recently added Kourtnei Brown. And considering the Lions could still use a draft pick on a defensive end, Johnson's chances of sticking around as a member of the 53-man roster don't seem great, but I suppose it's a bit early in the year to be thinking too much about that.

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