Lions Sign OL Darius Johnson & Waive OT Tyrus Thompson

According to Tim Twentyman, the Lions signed OL Darius Johnson and waived OT Tyrus Thompson to make room for him.

Thompson, 24, was a sixth-round pick by the Vikings in 2015, but was unfortunately waived from the team with an injury designation and later reverted to the team’s injured reserve list after clearing waivers.

He was signed by the Lions to a two-year, $990,000 contract after clearing waivers and was set to make a base salaries of $450,000 next season and $540,000 in 2017.

According to, the Lions will create $450,000 in cap space by cutting him.

He’ll need to once again pass through waivers before he can sign on with a team of his choosing.

Johnson is an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee and started all four years of his eligibility. Johnson appeared in 43 total games from 2012-2016 for his school.

In 2015, Johnson converted to the guard position from tackle, but only appeared in six games after suffering a stress fracture in his leg.

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