Detroit Lions bring defensive lineman John Cominsky back on a two-year deal

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It was always the expected outcome, but the Detroit Lions have indeed re-signed defensive lineman John Cominsky.

He was quickly adamant about his desire to be back. And even as he did what he should to see what else was out there, it was he mostly likely outcome. On Tuesday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the Detroit Lions have resigned defensive lineman John Cominsky.

Per Garafolo, it’s a two-year deal, $8.5 million with another $1 million in “attainable” incentives and $4 million total fully guaranteed.

NFL reporter Aaron Wilson of KPRC in Houston tabbed the signing bonus Cominsky is getting.

Cominsky was picked up by the Lions off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons last summer, at the front of the line among eight teams who put in a claim thanks to having the league’s second-worst record in 2021. Safe to say it worked out.

Cominsky set a career-high with four sacks last season. He missed just three games after suffering a thumb injury in Week 2 and needing surgery, and he played with a club on his hand after he returned. Despite that, he finished second (hat-tip to Kyle Meinke of MLive) on the Lions (behind only Aidan Hutchinson) in quarterback hits (12) and quarterback pressures (44).

John Cominsky is an embodiment of what the Detroit Lions are about

Let go the way he was last May, and now with a pretty nice free agent deal in-hand 10 months later, it’s been quite a journey for Cominsky, who played collegiately at Division II Charleston but was still taken in the fourth round of the 2019 draft by the Falcons.

Cominsky got his opportunity in Detroit, and came through nicely. Making such a quick return from thumb surgery was one thing. But being as effective as he was the rest of the season, with one fully-functional hand, was icing on the cake as he showed he has the kind of “grit” the Lions profess.

Things clearly worked out with Cominsky and the Lions last season, as he particularly worked well in tandem with Hutchinson as something of a “dirty work” guy. He embodies the team’s culture, and beyond that he also happens to be a good player. It’s only right Cominsky is staying in a Lions’ uniform a little longer.

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