A fourth of the league submitted waiver claims for John Cominsky last year. The ex-Falcon generating interest turned out to precede a solid season with the Lions, and Cominsky’s most recent NFL employer is keeping him in the fold.
The Lions are re-signing the veteran defensive lineman on a two-year deal worth $8.5MM, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets, adding that $4MM is guaranteed. Another $1MM is attached to the deal through incentives, and the Lions will follow through on their goal to bring back their 2022 addition.
When the Falcons cut Cominsky last May, the Lions beat out the Commanders, Colts, Browns, Texans, Cardinals, Vikings and Bengals on the waiver wire. That staggering number of teams wanted him on their 90-man offseason rosters, but Cominsky showed in 2022 he was more than just a fringe roster player. The 27-year-old Cleveland native proceeded to reward Detroit with his most productive season. The Division II product registered four sacks, batted down three passes and tallied 12 quarterback hits during his first Lions season.
The interior defensive lineman was on the Lions’ re-signing radar, and he will join D-lineman Isaiah Buggs in being back with the team for the 2023 season. This represents a nice bounce-back story for Cominsky, who saw the Falcons bail on his rookie contract last year. Atlanta used Cominsky in just four games in 2021, with then-DC Dean Pees not viewing him as a good fit for his system. Aaron Glenn plugged the young defender into his 4-3 scheme, and although the Lions have plenty of work to do, they will have one of their keeper candidates in the fold as they attempt to move on from a rough defensive slate.