Giants Sign CB Leonard Johnson, Waive DB Kenneth Durden

The New York Giants announced Friday that they’ve signed CB Leonard Johnson to a contract and waived DB Kenneth Durden.

Johnson played for the Panthers while Dave Gettleman was the team’s GM, so there’s at least some familiarity with him as a player.

The Giants brought in a number of free agents for workouts on Friday including Alterraun Verner and Zack Sanchez (NFLTR). However, it looks like Johnson was the most impressive of the group.

Johnson, 28, signed on with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State back in 2012. He spent close to four years in Tampa Bay before he was released at the end of the 2015 season and later signed by the Patriots.

After one year with the Panthers, Leonard signed a one-year contract with the Bills.

In 2017, Johnson appeared in 15 games for the Bills and recorded 53 tackles, no interceptions, a forced fumble, a recovery and seven pass defenses.

Durden, 26, wound up signing on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State back in 2016. He was, unfortunately, waived coming out of the preseason before later signing on to the Raiders’ practice squad at the start of the season.

The Raiders brought Durden back on a future/reserve contract last year but elected to cut him loose coming out of the preseason. Durden signed on to the Titans’ practice squad before he was eventually cut loose.

The Giants later signed Durden only to cut him loose in July. After an injury at cornerback, New York elected to bring him back last week.

Durden has yet to appear in an NFL game.

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