NFL linebacker Kyron Johnson not only heard his name called out on draft night, but was looking for a new team to call home after a season.
The Philadelphia Eagles relinquished the 25-year-old former sixth-round pick Monday after the team finalized its first 53-man roster last week.
Johnson was a standout athlete growing up in Texas.
He attended the University of Kansas for four seasons before being drafted in the NFL.
The Eagles selected Johnson in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL draft after giving up two picks to the Detroit Lions to move up the table.
In his rookie season with the Eagles, Johnson finished second in special teams tackle.
He played in all 16 games of his rookie season and contributed to the team’s Super Bowl performance.
After playing in his first NFL season, Johnson was pulled just before the regular season last week after appearing in the Eagles’ three preseason games.
However, Philadelphia again accepted him into the training squad, but fired him a few days later.
The Eagles are expected to be in contention for a title in the NFC after a strong season from QB Jalen Hurts.
The franchise will open the NFL season on September 10 away against the New England Patriots.
The Philadelphia defense ranked first in fewest total yards surrendered last season and led the league in sacks.