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Just one year ago, defensive lineman John Cominsky knew his playing days in the National Football League could be over.
The Atlanta Falcons released him during their offseason program, and the future seemed bleak at best.
He then fought his way up with the Detroit Lions after being claimed off waivers, breaking out in the second half of the season and helping them nearly make the playoffs.
Cominsky played through an injured thumb and still became a steady contributor and perennial starter for Dan Campbell’s team.
And now that his rookie deal is over, NFL insider Mike Garafolo believes he could be a very interesting free agent once the frenzy starts on March 15.
Always enjoy learning who teams value more than we expect. Sleeper to watch: #Lions DL John Cominsky. Once waived by the #Falcons, he could sign a nice deal (north of $5m per year) after a breakout year in Detroit while playing with a broken thumb. Played all over the DL too.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 9, 2023
Cominsky is an unrestricted free agent and will command a salary of around $5 million per year, and he’s already stated his desire to stay with the Lions.
Still, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t gauge some league-wide interest after showing all that fight and grittiness in his breakout campaign.
Cominski made 14 appearances (eight starts) for the Lions last season, logging 4.0 sacks, 12 quarterback hits, five tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and three passes defended.
The Lions have turned their culture around in no time under Dan Campbell, and they’ll look to get even more competitive next season after nearly pulling off a shocking postseason trip.
Cominski sure fits the mold of what Campbell is looking for from his players, a hard-fighting guy who won’t take no for an answer and will put his body on the line on every single snap.
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