The Houston Texans made it clear in the 2022 NFL Draft that they were looking to the future with their secondary by picking LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and Baylor safety Jalen Pitre in the first two rounds.

That message was loud and clear to veteran cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr., who tweeted on Monday that he asked the Texans to move him or let him go.

“Before y’all get to talking krazy on this app I asked for this myself,” Johnson wrote. “Thank you @HoustonTexans for the opportunity. This isn’t a farewell. This is more like see ya soon!!”

They obliged him and traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday for a 2024 conditional 7th-round pick.

In three seasons with Houston, Johnson started 19 games and garnered 172 tackles, three interceptions, and 13 pass breakups.

Ironically, Johnson’s lackluster performance in the 2020 Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs is what many remember as one of the main causes of that comeback loss. Now he’ll be lining up for KC as they look to get back to the Super Bowl.

There were plenty of reactions around the NFL to the news of the trade, including how little Kansas City is giving up to get the corner.

The Chiefs have made a lot of big moves during this offseason. We’ll see if it pays off so they can compete in the wild AFC West.

[Ian Rapoport]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to