(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The Detroit Lions and general manager Bob Quinn announced a rash of signings for the coming 2016 season. In total, Detroit has re-signed or picked up 9 players over the past two days.
First on Quinn’s list was DT Haloti Ngata, who joined the Lions last year from the Baltimore Ravens to replace the departed Ndamukong Suh. Ngata appeared and started in 14 games last season, racking up 24 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and three pass defenses as he helped the Lions rank second in the NFL in sacks by defensive linemen with 34.5.
The Lions signed unrestricted free agent CB Johnson Bademosi, a 4-year cornerback and standout on special teams for the Cleveland Browns. Bademosi joins Detroit this year after co-leading the NFL in total special teams tackles last season with 17.
The Detroit Lions also announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent S Tavon Wilson, who played the last four seasons with the New England Patriots, Quinn’s former employer, after being drafted by the club in the second round, 48 overall, in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Illinois.
He appeared in nine games in 2015 for the Patriots and finished the season with 10 tackles, one pass defense, and one special teams tackle. Wilson appeared in five postseason games during his time in New England and was a member of the team’s Super Bowl XLIX win in 2014.
The Lions also signed unrestricted free agent WR Marvin Jones after he spent the previous four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Last season Jones finished second on the team in receiving with career highs in receptions, 65, and receiving yards, 816, and hauled in four touchdowns.
Jones was selected by the Bengals in the fifth round, 166 overall, of the 2012 NFL Draft out of UC Berkley.
Quinn added a Canadian element to their roster in the form of Oshawa-born free agent DT Stefan Charles. He comes to Detroit following a three-year stint with the Buffalo Bills, appearing in 13 games last season.
Charles was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2013, out of the University of Regina.
Returning to the Lions is LB Tahir Whitehead after he was re-signed this week. Whitehead re-joins the Lions following a 2015 season in which he saw action in all 16 games, including nine starts. He finished the season with a combined 47 tackles, a career-high two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, and a career-high six pass defenses.
Back-up QB Dan Orlovsky has re-signed with the Lions and enters his 11th NFL season. Orlovsky returns to Detroit after appearing in two games in 2015.
Also returning is LS Don Muhlbach.who is entering his 13th season with the Lions. By playing in all 16 games in 2015, his 180 career games played currently rank eighth all-time in Lions history.
Lastly, the Lions announced that Quinn re-signed CB Crezdon Butler. Last year, Butler spent training camp with the Lions before re-joining the team as a free agent midway through the season. He appeared in the final eight games of the season and finished with three total tackles on the year.