It’s been a busy Tuesday for the Detroit Lions. On the first day of the legal tampering period, they’ve resigned safety Tavon Wilson and signed former Giant Devon Kennard and Bear Christian Jones.
After coming over from the New England Patriots, Wilson has spent the last two seasons in the Motor City and is set to play at least two more with his new contract worth up to $8 million.
In 25 games as a Lion, Wilson has three interceptions, four passes defended, one forced fumble, two recoveries, 114 solo tackles, 28 assisted and three sacks.
Kennard, the former New York Giant has inked a three-year deal for $18 million to wear the Honolulu Blue and Silver on the gridiron. In 52 career games with the Giants, spanning four seasons, Kennard has defended eight passes, picked off one, forced three fumbles, recovered two, made 134 tackles, assisted on 64 and picked up 9.5 sacks.
Jones is joining the Lions on a two-year deal worth up to $7.75 million and is receiving a signing bonus of $2.8 million, according to Ian Rapoport and a source. The former Chicago Bear is a four-year veteran that has played in 63 games. The back of his trading card displays 161 solo tackles, 80 assisted, four sacks, one forced fumble, three recoveries and eight passes defended.
There’s always room to improve on the defensive side of the ball. At the linebacker position, the Lions needed to add depth and talent and they’ve looked to have done just that in the opening days of free agency, all while not breaking the bank. Tavon Wilson is a good starting safety and will provide a strong veteran presence in the backend of the defense with Glover Quin. While Detroit has been active in the first couple days of free agency, they still have money to play around with and Matt Patricia will surely look for more talent on the defensive side of the ball.