What Quinten Johnson return means for Michigan football secondary

After signing an NIL deal, Quentin Johnson will return to Michigan football for sixth season.
Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan
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There have been rumors of a return by Michigan football safety Quentin Johnson. The defensive back who has played a ton of snaps on special teams and defense for the Wolverines, was part of an NIL announcement on Monday that essentially means Johnson is back.

The safety declared for the 2024 NFL draft. Yet, after the departure of Keon Sabb to Alabama, there started to be talk of a return by Johnson to Michigan football.

I have no idea how that works or what happens to your eligibility once you declare for the NFL draft. But it seems as though Johnson has done whatever he needs to return because Randy Wise Automotive announced his NIL signing on X on Monday night.

Zach Shaw of 247 Sports confirmed that Johnson is back with the Wolverines. He also noted that Johnson played 323 snaps last season on defense and has over 600 snaps on special teams.

Johnson played well down the stretch for the Wolverines. He had a huge pass breakup against Ohio State, plus a forced fumble against Alabama, as well as interception last season.

What Quentin Johnson return means for Michigan football secondary

It adds another proven depth piece at safety. The three-man rotation took a hit when Sabb left via the portal. Johnson's presence could also allow Rod Moore or Makari Paige to play more in the slot.

Michigan football has young defensive backs ready to vie for playing time too such as Zeke Berry and Brandyn Hillman. But bringing back a proven veteran is always a good thing, especially in this day and age of college football.

Johnson will be an ace special teams performer and probably a dude who plays around 400 snaps for Michigan football in 2024 on defense too, which is why his return is a big win for the Wolverines.

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Think of it as a transfer portal addition, only better because there is no projection. We know what Johnson can do and so does Michigan football.