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LIONS WIN THE NFC NORTH, PACKERS HAND LIONS A SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF LOSS:
After a disappointing season, the Lions bounce back nicely, and challenge the Minnesota Vikings, and Green Bay Packers all season for the NFC Central Title. The battle for the Division would go down to the regular season’s final game, as the Lions would win their second division title in three years with a 30-20 win over the Packers at the Silverdome. However, just six days later the sixth seeded Packers would return to Pontiac and stun the Lions 28-24 to advance to the second Round of the Playoffs.
GIANTS SIGN QB JOSH FREEMAN:
The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Josh Freeman on Wednesday, according to Fox Sports Mike Garafolo.
Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the early part of last season and signed with the Minnesota Vikings shortly after being released. He only played in one game for the Vikings and it was a pretty poor performance by the former Kansas State quarterback.
The opponent of that game was his new team the New York Giants. Freeman completed only 38% percent of his passes, threw for 190 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception in Vikings 23-7 loss to the Giants.
Freeman will compete with 2013 fourth round draft pick Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter for the number two back up spot.(Photo: Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports)
JETS SIGN CHRIS JOHNSON TO A TWO YEAR DEAL:
The New York Jets sign former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson to a two year deal, according ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Johnson who went underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus this offseason, is looking forward to a fresh start and proving doubters wrong with the Jets.
"I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder," Johnson told The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt after the signing. "I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me."
Johnson is coming off career low 3.9 yds per carry, but the durable back still rushed for over 1,077 yards last season. CJ2K has never had a season where he did not rush for over 1,000 yards in his six years in the NFL.
The signing of Johnson should help open up Jets passing attack because Johnson excelled at that last season for the Titans. Johnson had 8.2 yards per catch, 343 yards receiving, and 4 TDs.
Johnson joins Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory as the Jets main running backs. ( Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SEAHAWKS SIGN SIDNEY RICE TO A ONE YEAR DEAL:
Veteran free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice is returning to Seattle on a one year deal, according to Pro Football Talk.
Rice was cut by the Seahawks in February, in a salary cap move that saved them $ 7.3 million of cap space in 2014.
The veteran wide receiver was just medically cleared from ACL injury on Monday that he suffered in October. Before tearing his ACL, Rice was Seahawks third leading wide receiver with 231 yards following behind Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate.
Tate who signed with the Detroit Lions in free agency now leaves the Seahawks with Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin as their top three wide receivers. Rice and Harvin missed a combined 23 games in 2013.
Rice has only played through a whole season twice in his seven year career, one in 2009 as a Minnesota Viking and one in 2012 as a Seattle Seahawk.
Seahawks are hoping Rice and Harvin can recapture the magic they had in Minnesota and help lead the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl. (Photo:Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald)