Detroit Lions to Release WR Bryant Johnson; Re-Sign CB Brandon McDonald

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The Detroit Lions will release wide receiver Bryant Johnson in an effor to create much needed salary cap space as they approach the free agent signing period.

Johnson, who is on the hook for a $3.2 million base salary for the upcoming season, had 18 receptions for the Lions last season. He came to the Lions following a stint with the Arizona Cardinals and was expected to take the focus off of receiver Calvin Johnson. However, after a disappointing season, the Lions drafted wide receiver Titus Young in April's NFL Draft.

The addition of Young relegated Johnson to fourth on the depth chart, behind Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Young.

In addition, the Lions are expected to re-sign cornerback Brandon McDonald. McDonald played in six games for the Lions last season, starting two before ending the season on injured reserve with a fractured forearm.

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