clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Report: James-Michael Johnson signing with the Detroit Lions

Johnson, whose position is at inside linebacker, formerly played for the Jaguars, Buccaneers, Chiefs, and Browns.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With a trade deadline looming in the NFL and questionable rumors being the only thing for a Lions team that was declared buyers rather than sellers by the general manager, one acquisition trickled in on Tuesday afternoon. Although no trades have been made, the Lions are reported to be signing inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson, most recently with the Jaguars, to the team.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:

The Detroit Lions will be the third team that James-Michael Johnson will play for in 2015. He was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6, only to be released nine days later. The Jaguars picked up Johnson at the beginning of October and released him before the end of the month. Johnson was drafted in 2012 by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round and also played two years with the Kansas City Chiefs. On his career 42 games played, he has 104 combined tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles.

The move gives the Detroit Lions eight linebackers on the current active roster.

Although his path is certainly not one of stability, what is of importance for this former Nevada linebacker is his website, where you can learn a great deal about him, including:

  • "Most awkward NFL moment? Running into the opposing teams tunnel after a home game...oops!"

  • "Valentine's Day is JMJ's least favorite holiday because women are expensive!" (Real smooth Johnson. She'll never see this on the internet)

  • "JMJ isn't a fan of reality shows and wouldn't want to be on one. But Breaking Bad is a different story...the greatest TV series ever in JMJ's opinion!"

NEW: Join Pride of Detroit Direct

Jeremy Reisman will drop into your inbox twice a week to provide exclusive, in-depth reporting and insights from Ford Field. Subscribe to go deeper into Lions fandom, and join us on our path to win the Super Bowl.