Lions agree to terms with WR Kevin Johnson

Johnson's statistics are very similar to those of Lions slot receiver Az-Zahir Hakim (31 catches for 533 yards and 3 TDs) and his presence could make Hakim expendable. Hakim is scheduled to make $2.35 million in base salary this season and $4.6 million in 2006.

ALLEN PARK - Several published reports say that the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with former Baltimore, Cleveland and Jacksonville wide receiver Kevin Johnson on a one-year deal.

Johnson, 5-foot-11, 195-pound, seven-year veteran from Syracuse caught 35 balls for 373 yards and one touchdown. Johnson's statistics are very similar to those of Lions slot receiver Az-Zahir Hakim (31 catches for 533 yards and 3 TDs) and his presence could make Hakim expendable. Hakim is scheduled to make $2.35 million in base salary this season and $4.6 million in 2006.

Compounding matters has been Hakim's inability to stay on the field. He has never been healthy for an entire season since coming over as a free agent from St. Louis, playing in ten games in 2002, fourteen in 2003 and just twelve in 2005.

Last season, Detroit was forced to go with a makeshift receiving corps as they tried desperately to fight their way out of a five-game losing streak after getting off to a 3-1 start.

Detroit went 1-3 during the four-week stretch Hakim was out of the lineup. Johnson has been durable, missing just one game his entire career in 2003 after being traded to Jacksonville.

Durability is a big issue with Detroit after watching 2003 third overall pick Charles Rogers suffer back-to-back season ending injuries and 2004 first round pick Roy Williams hobble through most of the season after suffering an ankle injury.


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