Texans trade Lonnie Johnson Jr. to Chiefs

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The Texans used their first choice, No. 3 overall, on LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and drafted Baylor safety Jalen Pitre in the second round to try to shore up their secondary.

On Monday, cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr., a second-round choice in 2019, posted a tweet Monday saying he asked the Texans for a parting of the ways.

“Before y’all get to talking krazy on this app I asked for this myself,” Johnson wrote. “Thank you @HoustonTexans for the opportunity. This isn’t a farewell. This is more like see ya soon!!”

The Texans gave Johnson his wish, trading him to the Chiefs, the team announced. Houston will receive a conditional seventh-round choice in 2024, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

In his three seasons in Houston, Johnson started 19 games and played in 25 others. He totaled 172 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups.

10 responses to “Texans trade Lonnie Johnson Jr. to Chiefs

  1. Guessing a guy that got drafted in the 2nd round got some starts because of being drafted that high. Also guessing a guy that only got a 7th rounder to obtain his services, isn’t necessarily a top CB…. Chiefs lost a few DB’s through FA, so a guy with some experience and a minimal contract should be worth a 7th rounder.

  2. Getting traded from the Texans to the Chiefs is like hitting Powerball.

  3. That guy will never see the field for KC. He’s a corner who can’t cover and a safety that can’t tackle. Old regime bust. I’m surprised the Texans got anything for him.

  4. Texans are erasing the past. Chiefs are in the now, and it’s exciting. They’ll give the guy a shot.

  5. Texans get something for a guy they were going to cut…Chiefs use a very low draft pick (in 2 yrs) for a veteran in a contract yr…both teams got value.

  6. Justin Reid and Lonnie Johnson got smoked by Mahomes and the offense in the 2019 playoff comeback. Now look at where they wind up. Solid signings, just hope they learned from that game lol

  7. The Texans had one of the worst (if not the worst?) defense in the NFL last year, led by a horrific defensive backfield…why else would a team spend the 3rd and 37th picks on that one unit when they have many other needs…and the Chiefs have gotten two of the culprits, both safeties; they paid Justin Reid and traded for Lonnie Johnson. Good luck with that in the AFC West…can only think Carr, Hebert and Wilson are smiling right now.

  8. If he makes the team and plays he could be an easy flip for a compensation pick if they let him walk on his contract.

  9. It could end up being a steal for the Chiefs. Pretty much zero risk for a conditional 7th.

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