Lions Busy With Contracts, Cuts

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The Detroit Lions have announced a flurry of player signings as they ready themselves for the 2015 season.

First up were four players, all of whom were undrafted rookie free agents. Hot on the heels of the Lions 2015 Rookie Mini-Camp, WR Jarred Haggins, WR Erik Lora, and S Nathan Lindsey join the ranks of the NFL. As a result, the team announced the release of WR Desmond Lawrence.

The team followed up with another wide receiver. This time Lance Moore come to Detroit after 14 games last year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before the Steel City, Moore spent eight seasons with New Orleans and ranks seventh on the Saints’ all-time list for career receiving yards. He brings with him a ring from the 2009 Super Bowl XLIV win over Indianapolis.

Also signed was RB Desmond Martin, an undrafted rookie free agent from Wayne State. In return, RB Rasheed Williams was cut from the roster.

Next up were the signings of CB Chris Owens and WR Greg Salas to one-year contracts. Owens comes to Detroit after spending last season with the Kansas City Chiefs where he played in 11 games. He was a third-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2009 draft and spent his first four seasons with the Falcons, before splitting time with Cleveland and Miami in 2013.

Salas is a fifth-year receiver coming to Detroit from the New York Jets. He was drafted by St Louis and has spent time in New England.

The other side of the equation saw the Lions let go WR Skye Dawson.

Lastly, this year’s second round draft pick, RB Ameer Abdullah, was signed to a four-year contract.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata