ORLANDO, Fla. – Wesley Johnson did not have a good season last year. But he has started 15 games in the middle, and the lions now do not have much depth inside with Travis Swanson in the wind.
So the lions supported their numbers by signing Johnson in the free agency. The conditions were not disclosed.
Johnson, a former Steelers' fifth-round winner, started 15 games for the Jets last season. But he was one of only four players who, according to ProFootballFocus, were actually worse than Swanson.
According to the site for advanced analysis, he finished 35th out of 36 qualified players. Swanson was 32.
The Lions had little interest in interest in Swanson this off-season due to a brain injury that had kept him out of the field during the last month of the last two seasons, and performance problems when he was in the lineup , 1
But Johnson, 27, offers some depth inside and gives Lions options should they choose to leave Glasgow.
Johnson is Detroit's second free agent supplement inside their offensive line and joins ex-Chargers Kennedy Wiggins.
"I think it will deliver depth," said General Manager Bob Quinn of Wiggins this week's NFL Owners' Meeting. "He will provide competition for the left guard and the middle and right guards, he was a guy Jeff Davidson was familiar with, and we worked a lot and felt good with his ability to improve the overall game offensive line Positions. "