Chiefs trade for Texans CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

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The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t done adding to the defensive secondary.

According to a new report from The Athletic’s Nate Taylor, the Kansas City Chiefs have traded for Houston Texans CB Lonnie Johnson Jr., who recently expressed on social media that he was leaving the Texans. Kansas City sent Houston a conditional 2024 seventh-round draft pick for Johnson.

Johnson (6-2, 213 pounds) is a former second-round draft pick by way of Kentucky from the 2019 NFL draft. He actually played at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas before playing for the Wildcats. In three seasons with the Texans, Johnson has appeared in 44 games with 19 games started, recording 172 total tackles, one tackle for loss, three interceptions and 13 passes defended. During the divisional-round game against the Chiefs in the 2019 playoffs, Johnson blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.

Chiefs GM Brett Veach added three new faces to the cornerback room via the 2022 NFL draft, but that appears to have not been enough for his comfort. Johnson has one year remaining on his rookie contract, and he’ll cost the Chiefs just over $1 million in cap space for 2022. At the price of a conditional seventh-round pick, it’s hard to see any negatives here.

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