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Lions sign special teams ace Johnson Bademosi

Johnson Bademosi won't be a name that most fans will recognize. He won't be someone who gets a lot of recognition, either.

But he might just be one of the best players at his position and one of the most underrated signings the Detroit Lions will make this offseason. His deal, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, is for two years.

Bademosi is a special teams dynamo. In his four years with the Cleveland Browns, he had 61 special teams tackles. Only two players in the league -- the Arizona Cardinals' Justin Bethel and the New England Patriots' Matthew Slater -- had more special teams tackles than Bademosi.

Considering where new general manager Bob Quinn comes from, that's why he likely put a premium on Bademosi's services.

Special teams skill was always a premium in New England, so it's not surprising Quinn would target a guy like Bademosi. He values players like the 25-year-old Stanford product.

In Bademosi's four years with Cleveland, he played only 182 defensive snaps. He had only 13 defensive tackles. So don't expect him to add much value at cornerback or safety. But he's going to become one of Detroit's most valued special teams players.

Considering the Lions lost Travis Lewis to the Minnesota Vikings earlier in free agency, signing Bademosi became even more important.