The Detroit Lions are releasing running back Kerryon Johnson, as per various reports.
Detroit drafted the former Auburn champion in the second round in 2018. Johnson got superfluous after the group drafted D’Andre Swift No. 35 generally speaking in 2020, marked free-agent running back Jamaal Williams in March and drafted Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson a week ago.
Johnson ran for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns more than three seasons. He additionally has 61 career receptions for 527 yards and three scores.
A year ago, he had 181 yards rushing and two scores on 52 carries, and had 19 receptions for 187 yards accepting and a score.
NFL Network first reported that Johnson would be deferred.
The Lions additionally added a player in free agency, signing tight end Darren Fells on Wednesday. The move gives the group a veteran at the position it can put on the field with Pro Bowl tight end T.J. Hockenson.
The 35-year-old Fells has 123 career catches with 1,483 yards receiving and 21 scores. The past two years in Houston, he had a consolidated 55 gets for 653 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Fells has begun 76 games – remembering 13 with the Lions for 2017 – and played in 102 games with Arizona, Detroit, Cleveland and the Texans. He was a bouncing back champion at UC Irvine and played ball in Argentina, Mexico, Belgium, Finland and France prior to playing in the NFL.