The Lions waived Johnson on Thursday, formally slicing ties with their 2018 second-round purchase out of Auburn.
Johnson joins a with out discover crowded Eagles backfield that entails Miles Sanders, rookie Kenny Gainwell, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott. Sanders is expected to be the lead abet, with the leisure of the neighborhood competing for a situation in the rotation.
Philadelphia selected Gainwell, a twin-threat abet out of Memphis, in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL draft.
Johnson grew to change into expendable after the Lions drafted D’Andre Swift No. 35 overall in 2020, signed free-agent working abet Jamaal Williams in March and then drafted Oregon Speak’s Jermar Jefferson in the seventh round this twelve months.
Johnson was productive in his first season with Detroit, leading the crew in rushing (641 yards) in 2018 despite taking half in precise 10 video games due to the a knee injury. However one other injury saved him to precise eight video games in 2019, and Swift and gentle Adrian Peterson indirectly took over the backfield tasks this previous season.
Overall, Johnson, who turns 24 in June, ran for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons in Detroit. He also had 61 receptions for 527 yards and three rankings.
ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this characterize.