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Detroit Lions To Release Bryant Johnson, Re-Sign Brandon McDonald

Since the NFL lockout ended on Monday, most Detroit Lions news has revolved around undrafted free agent signings. Fans have been waiting to hear about moves involving players already on the team or players that were on the team last season, and they were especially waiting to hear about who will be cut.

If you were one of the many that guessed wide receiver Bryant Johnson would be the first to go, you are 100 percent correct, according to Dave Birkett.

The Detroit Lions will release receiver Bryant Johnson to create much-needed salary-cap space when those transactions are allowed Thursday, a person with knowledge of the decision said.

Johnson is set to make $3.2 million next season, so this is not a surprise in the least. Most Lions fans expected Johnson to not be brought back after Titus Young was drafted, and with the salary cap returning, this is a move that simply makes sense to create some added room.

While Johnson appears to be on his way out, cornerback Brandon McDonald is getting ready to re-sign with the team. He was claimed off waivers toward the end of last season, and the Lions want to bring him back for 2011.