This comes via a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter, who reported the news on Twitter.
“Lions had interest in signing QB Josh Johnson but XFL blocked them, per source.”
Johnson is a longtime NFL veteran who has played for several different teams throughout his 10-year career. He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft before leaving in 2011. Since then, he has had stints with teams such as the San Francisco 49’ers, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, and more.
The Lions had inked Johnson to a deal back in August, however, he was later cut soon after in September. Johnson got a shot with the Wildcats after being taken in the league’s 2020 Supplemental Draft. With the Lions now quarterback-needy due to the injury of Mathew Stafford, the prospect of bringing back a familiar face in Johnson certainly might have sounded appealing. However, the XFL was reluctant to allow the two sides to reunite.
Now, Johnson has the opportunity to establish himself as the starting signal-caller for the XFL’s Los Angeles team in 2020. The XFL 2020 inaugural season will kick off on February 8. The Los Angeles Wildcats will actually be playing the Houston Roughnecks in the second game of the season on February 8, live on FOX at 5:00 pm ET.
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