Detroit Lions sign journeyman cornerback Domonique Johnson

Posted by ttwentyman on February 6, 2013 – 6:28 pm

The Lions added depth and size to their secondary Wednesday with the signing of journeymen cornerback Domonique Johnson.

Johnson was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Broncos in 2009 out of Jackson State. He began his career on the Broncos practice squad.

The Giants signed him off the Broncos practice squad late in 2009 and he played the last three games of his rookie season on their active roster. He played in seven games for the Giants in 2010 before being released.

He then had stints on the practice squads of the Buccaneers, Vikings, Redskins, Eagles and Colts.

He began last season on the Redskins practice squad but was promoted to the active roster in November and played the final seven games of the season with eight tackles. He was placed on injured reserve after spraining a knee in the last regular season game of the season and was released Monday.

Johnson has 18 tackles in 17 career games.


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38 Responses to “Detroit Lions sign journeyman cornerback Domonique Johnson”

  1. By Michael on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    …And is this supposed to impress any Lions fan? If anyone see this and goes “wow I like that move” then your an idiot. Another practice squad guy who has an injury history…gonna be a long off season.

  2. By DC on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Now they just need to find the starting cb he’ll be playing back up to

  3. By Mike C on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Wow…18 tackles in 17 games…why would any of those teams get rid of this beast?? I understand that the Lions are struggling at Corner…but that doesn’t mean you sign any swinging dick who has a practice uniform.

  4. By TKO on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    So now it’s Detroit’s turn? This guy has a collection of jersies like my collection of name tags from fast food joints I worked at in high school! So now we’re just going back to hiring whoever will work the cheapest? Why not hire some of these illegal roofers and landscapers? How do ya say 0-16 in Spanish?

  5. By Sagmich on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Who the hell is he? Well, like I said the Lions are going to stay true to form. Taking players other teams do not want and has a history of injuries. Yes indeedy!!!

  6. By Tyler on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Michael. Another practice squad guy. If we had a JV team, they would be JV Super Bowl contenders. There’s a reason this guy has been cut from numerous squads already. Why do we keep fooling around with D- and F players expecting to find a diamond in the rough?

  7. By nino on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    well good going lions you sign a guy who has the worst track recored in the histroy of the nfl

    Career history

    Denver Broncos (2009)*
    New York Giants (2009–2010)
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010)
    Minnesota Vikings (2011)*
    Washington Redskins (2011)
    Philadelphia Eagles (2011–2012)*
    Indianapolis Colts (2012)*
    Washington Redskins (2012–present)

    *Offseason and/or Practice squad member only
    Roster status: Injured Reserve

    and as far as games go 1 with the redskins cut after that….and 3 with the giants

    so figure this we got a guy who has 4 games in the nfl so hes going to so like a rookiee

    and all he was was mostly pratice squads

  8. By Starkicker on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Not exactly off to a flying start in the signing process.

  9. By cj3k0089 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Just what they need for a deep playoff run

  10. By floundericious on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think the front office does things to “make the fan base go ‘WOW’” … signing this UFA gives them a chance to get him in for workouts and get a good look at him while they consider the draft board…teams routinely sign guys during the months before the draft and then release them before the OTAs and stuff.

  11. By Sam on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe this move was intended to add some depth at CB, but how many guys are we going to pick up with existing knee injuries? It’s another risky move on a unproven player. Haven’t they learned from their mistakes?

  12. By Sean on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    We need Milliner!!!!!!! Or maybe trade down and get Banks!!

  13. By rockbo1955 on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    we do not need retreads we young guys that our healthy and especially in the secondary!

  14. By Jerry on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Good grief guys. Do you not realize free agency doesn’t even begin until March 12? In other words, the only people you can sign right now are unsigned players.

    And Sagmich – free agency is *all about* signing players other teams do not want. Do you really think the Lions are so good they no longer need to look at players other teams release?

    This doesn’t mean he’s going to start, or even play. He may be designated for the practice squad. Who knows? It is stupid to ridicule the Lions for this sort of signing – ALL teams sign journeyman players now and then. Especially since our CB’s really rocked last season. Oh, wait…

    They got him for a song and they’ll release him if he doesn’t work out. I swear, most Lions fans are rather clueless.

  15. By tamboman on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    good grief !

  16. By Bob on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Did anyone notice the last line of the story? It says 18 tackles in 17 games. It doesn’t sound like Twentyman is too excited about it either, but here’s an idea: let’s keep complaining! Building depth is a key component of a quality football team.

  17. By Paul on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I love the morons already complaining. It’s a guy coming in to compete in camp, you people are ridiculous.

  18. By Terrell Autrey on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Any True Lions Fan will see that they are going the route of using our young talents. Chris Greenwood, Bill Bently, Jonta Green, expect to see alot of them in
    2013. We are drafting LB’s, with this move it shows me we are not drafting a corner. Which is fine by me, we need saftey help wayyyyyyyyyy more the a CB.
    Remember we got Nagy from Dallas. I luv the Peterman change, means they see something that was messin wit Matt-Da-Statt-Comeback Stafford’s play. Keep up the good work….GO LIONS!!!

  19. By jerry harty If the refs don,t baby rogers,LIONS ROAR !!! on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    SAD SAD SAD,,Another desperastion move,do your f in resarch you dip shits ,God this organazation is pathetic I,m ashamed to be a lions fan,but too stupid to change.
    sign me I played saftey in highschool in 1980 lost a step gained 80 pounds,but all you need me too do is get tourched !! I can do thAT ,i CAN DRAW SOME pi CALLS AS WELL WAITING FOR YOUR CALL MAY who

  20. By can't spell DETROIT without R-I-O-T on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Smh. More damaged goods. Hopefully they get the draft right.

  21. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Cap locked? Let’s waste even more cap space by signing a player who has an injury history and played most of his career on practice squads.

    He’s played on practice squads that had shortages of good CB’s. He was pulled off a practice squad due to injuries to starters. Ouch.

  22. By Drew on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    A nobody from nowhere, wow what a solid sign (sarcastic) he could easily start, heck hes so good we could let go of Houston. go 2-14 & get laughed at again & get embarrassed by the ravens again, hey gang remember 0-16 yeah we are going for a shut out part two. we are all going to be insulted not once but twice too many for a whole century, heck the Browns wont look like Sh*t for once how bad we will finish after the front office will finish with us.

  23. By Black Wolf Standing on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Here is the worse part of this signing:

    The front office is looking at injured guys who played most of their careers on practice squads. This is where they hope to improve the Lions starters. SO SAD!

    They could be watching the waver wires like hawks so that they can get real talent in where we need it. Not wasting their time on cold bodies.

  24. By Joe on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Calvin Johnson if the Lions organization hasn’t apologized to you yet, let me the fan apologize for the way the ford family treats their players. Mr. Ford obviously doesn’t care that the people he puts in place to make business decisions. I have been a fan for 41 years I think its time to sell this team to a true competitor and someone dedicated to building a championship team. I’m sure the llich family would be more than willing take over the Lions organization and I’m sure the first order of business would be to fire everyone in the front office. Followed by coaches and removing dead weight on our roaster. Everyone that is a true fan would applaud every move the llich family did because this should have happened at the end of this season.

  25. By berry on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    wow 17 tackles

  26. By Larry on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Well, I’ve been saying get someone in the DB backfield with experience. I guess they read my comment. But blame me Guys, I neglected to say “Not someone who’s worthless and always hurt.”. Sorry about that.

  27. By Larry on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    And just in case no one knows, “journeyman” means “player who sucks” in English. 7 teams in three years. Let’s examine that. What is the magic voodoo the Lions front office has that, those teams that have winning records, doesn’t? I’m guessing they’re either putting a bunch of names in a hat and drawing them out or maybe they put the names on the ground, a chicken runs across it, and whatever name it craps on, becomes a Lion. Based upon that theory, we’re gonna win the Super Bowl next season! Make sure to bring the magic chicken!!!!

  28. By Jerry on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Please tell me that they just brought this guy in as camp fodder. They can’t be serious with this guy unless they don’t think that some of the guys they drafted last year are going to pan out.

  29. By Sagmich on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Drew, You could be so right. I saw the schedule for the 2013 season. Thye could very well go 0-16. AGAIN!!!!!!

  30. By Nate on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Dang, i was worried we wouldnt get him before someone else did. Sit back and relax guys.. im seeing nothing nothing but W’s in 2013 now!……………. : /

  31. By Steven on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Great idea. You know what I found when I searched this guy on nfl.com. Nothing at all. He’s that good lol

  32. By frank ribble on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    the lions should change their name to the big 3 and the practice squad. this shows that the lions need to go all out to trade suh. mayhew will eventually get lucky, if he signs every wr and cb on waivers.

  33. By Dan on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    “Black Wolf Standing” is so right, it’s scary. Why start at the bottom when your trying to reach the top?

  34. By Jerry on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the ignorance shown here. Lions fans have shown time and again an inability to comprehend basic NFL concepts. For instance, everyone was yelling at the Lions three weeks ago for not releasing TItus Young when he went on his tweet-frenzy. Turns out NFL rules actually wouldn’t allow it until after the Super Bowl. Oops. You won’t find any of those whining Lions fans admitting they made a mistake and jumped the gun.

    This is the same thing. For some reason, just because they pick up some guy everyone thinks this is the new strategy. Really? Do you really think the front office personnel sat around in a meeting and said, “Hey, let’s try something new – pick up unwanted, injured players and start them! Yeah, that will work!”

    Seriously, people. This guy is for the practice squad. He may not even make it that far. It means nothing. It has nothing to do with their strategy, and it is certainly not where they are trying to start. Perhaps you guys aren’t aware that free agency doesn’t even start until March?

  35. By jacksprat57 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    It appears that most of those who have already commented here know nothing about how the NFL works. First, at this point in time, the only way in which teams can acquire players is via the waiver wire or street free agency (or trade, I think.) None of the players whose names most of you would even recognize are now available, nor will regular free agents be an option until mid-March. Chill. Right now, they’re doing what teams do, lining up camp fodder and L-O-N-G shots. That, too, is part of their job.

  36. By john heckel on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    thank you jack! laughing stock? every game this past year but one was a hard fought game! teams didnt beat us and say that was easy. all we can do is wait and see how this offseason plays out till then shut the f#@$k up and be a fan not a cry baby!

  37. By jason on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    you all are going to look back on your comments in a few years and, want to forget you said it. he is young and just has not had the opportunity to show up, i think he will be a great 2nd CB

  38. By david on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    i apologize but all i can do is laugh about our signing decisions because if i dont ill cry.
    Anyways please win Lions im begging you.

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