The new Baltimore Arena football team unveiled its name, the Brigade, during a news conference at Royal Farms Arena. Several players talked about what the fans can expect from the fast pace of arena football. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Arena Football League veterans Josh Victorian and Rory Nixon and rookies Kamal Johnson and Derrell Johnson have signed with the Baltimore Brigade, the team announced Thursday.
A cornerback and Louisiana Tech graduate, Victorian signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and was released before the season began. He also spent time with the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and New York Giants. He played the past two seasons for the AFL's now-defunct Los Angeles Kiss.
Derrell Johnson, a Baltimore native and defensive lineman, was an All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association selection after making 150 tackles as a senior at Cardinal Gibbons. A standout at East Carolina, he has played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and the Arizona Cardinals.
Nixon spent the past three seasons as a fullback for the now-defunct Spokane Shock and the Kiss, with which he had 10 rushing touchdowns last season. A Hampton native, Nixon played at Saint Augustine's.
Kamal Johnson, also a defensive lineman, signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2014 after going undrafted out of Temple. He later had brief stints with the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers.