Since Gunther Cunningham moved from Kansas City to Detroit, it seems every member of the Chiefs defense has been linked to the Lions. After losing a linebacker for the season during a game this weekend, the Detroit News thinks the Lions might give Scott Pioli a call.
One candidate could be Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson. The Lions had some internal conversations about him earlier in the summer, but the Chiefs still haven’t parted with him. He’s been on a downward spiral in Kansas City, making just 37 tackles last season after averaging 90 his first four seasons.
He’s been playing with the third team early in training camp, but he’s still just 27 years old and could perhaps benefit from moving to a 4-3 defensive system.
While it makes for a better story, saying his career is “on a downward spiral” is a bit much, no?
Has he struggled to get on the field for Todd Haley? Absolutely. We’ve all seen that over the past year. But to flat out make up that he’s running with the third team is odd. During Friday’s game he ended up playing with third teamers, but isn’t playing with the third team… confused yet?
DJ played much deeper into the game than most would expect but following the lackluster performance from Demorrio Williams I would expect to see Johnson get a shot at starting this week against Tampa Bay.
With all that being said, if for some reason he continues to watch more plays from the sideline than behind the defensive line it would make sense to try and get value for Johnson. But that is something that shouldn’t be revisited until we are well into the season.