John Cominsky decided to bet on himself.

At his exit interview with the Atlanta Falcons last January, Cominsky asked for his release from that team that made him a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

Cominsky's career was trending downward. He played in just four games in 2021 after logging a then-career-high 28 tackles a season earlier, and he believed there was something else better out there for him — but he never imagined it would be this.

The Detroit Lions claimed Cominsky off waivers last May, and after he set career-highs in sacks (four), tackles (30) and quarterback hits (12) as a key part of the Lions defensive line last fall, the team rewarded him with a new two-year contract Tuesday.