“I think Leonard can bring a little energy to what we’re trying to do,” HC Ron Rivera said. “He’s a guy that excels at playing the nickel position. That’s why we brought him here.
“It was just a matter of time before we had a chance to see who he is on the football field. We as coaches like what we saw. We were willing to take the chance on having this guy around on (NFI), and hopefully he can develop, as he gets more and more opportunities in our scheme.”
Johnson, 26, signed on with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State back in 2012. He wound up signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Buccaneers back in March, but was placed on injured reserve at the start of the regular season.
The Buccaneers waived Johnson from the injured reserve list back in December before joining the Patriots a few months later. After being cut loose by New England back in February, the Panther signed him to a one-year contract in July. However, he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list coming out of the preseason.
In 2015, Johnson appeared in four games for the Patriots and recorded 11 tackles and three pass defenses.