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    Rudi Johnson signs with Lions

    Rudi Johnson signs with Lions

    Tom Kowalski

    The Detroit Lions have confirmed that free agent running back Rudi Johnson has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the team. Because the deal was struck after 4 p.m., after the league offices closed, the signing won't be official until Tuesday morning.

    Johnson, who rushed for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2004-06), is expected to replace Tatum Bell as the No. 2 running back behind starter Kevin Smith. The Lions aren't expected to announce any roster moves until Tuesday. The addition of the eight-year veteran might mean the Lions will use more of a platoon system at running back.

    After practice on Monday, Lions head coach Rod Marinelli said, "I just had a chance to watch him in some drills (during a workout) and he's impressive. He's a big, thick guy who has great feet. I played against him over the years so I know he's a very physical back. He's a guy with a lot of talent and a lot of experience.''

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    Guess he'll enjoy watching Kevin Smith from the bench,,,,,,Maybe he'll be a decent back-up

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    that didn't take long!!! i will be curious to see how he fits in there!

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    He played pretty well for a team that has a great OL for pass blocking because they have a very good QB and WR's... A very good running back that had 3 consecutive seasons of 1400+ yards... He does not catch alot of passes.... He's like bettis, only catching 20 passes a year. Going to detroit doesn't mean much until they start putting together a better OL.
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    I'm sure he's happy he doesn't have to face the Steelers D twice a year now.

    "He's running around there, running his mouth, doing all that, but if you watch him on film and really look, where was Ray Lewis? He was nowhere to be found. I could have tackled the water boy and had as many tackles as him. He didn't do nothing today. He's all mouth. When you talk like that, that's what happens: You get hit in the mouth. He's over there crying now, thinking about what went wrong. You got your *** whipped, that's what." ~ Peazy

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    the kiss of death ,ending up a lion

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    Yeah, thats the kiss of death...poor guy. They forced Sanders into early retirement, what is it this guy thinks is going to happen? I would retire from football if I got stuck out there. You already know you will never win a SB, or let alone see the playoffs. I think the should swap out the the Wolverines and the Lions every other year or something. Do you think anyone would notice?
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