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The Lions signed Amendola to a one-year deal with a base salary of $4.25 million with another $1.5 million that can be earned through bonuses and incentives. He also has some special teams value. He’s an active player who can offer Patricia and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni flexibility in how they run their defense. » Tracker: Latest moves around NFL What you need to know about the Detroit Lions: » Lions' free-agent signings » Full top 100 free-agent ranking. He’s a playmaker -- four interceptions in just 355 snaps, although three came in one game against Carolina. But he’s primarily been a return specialist in his career, averaging 22 yards a kick return and 9.3 yards per punt return with New Orleans. It could still happen, but James is a good enough player that he should be an upgrade. Updated 2021 NFL Draft order after Week 6, NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Saints back on top of the NFC South, Panthers, Saints' next opponent, work remotely after unconfirmed positive COVID-19 test, Late-season trades have been rare for the Saints under Sean Payton, Saints designate Kiko Alonso, Ty Montgomery to return from injuries, Bengals reunite with former draft pick, sign ex-Saints DL Margus Hunt, Saints open as 7.5-point favorites over the Panthers in Week 7, Bleacher Report lists Marcus Davenport as a potential trade target, which doesn't make sense, Saints playoff chances remain strong, but projected win total dips after bye week, Report: Saints won't play at LSU's Tiger Stadium until at least Week 11, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. 2019 Free Agency | Lions What’s the risk: If the Lions are banking on either Wiggins or Aboushi to hold down the right guard spot, that could be a big weakness for Detroit. • Picking underrated, overrated signings »

At that money, it has to happen now. Amendola will turn 34 this year and is more of a complementary piece, as he has never had more than 700 yards in a season and more than 80 catches in a season since 2010. At this point, he’s going to give you about 10 yards per reception and a catch percentage somewhere in the 70-80 percent range. Aboushi continually has had a job in the NFL, but often not on the same team for long. The Lions are expected to sign offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to a one-year deal with undisclosed terms. Welcome to Saints Wire's European Union Experience. If Melvin doesn't work, the Lions could be in a big hole early, having to rely on either Ford or Tabor, neither of whom is a proven entity in the NFL. What it means: Lewis is an intriguing player for the Lions. Due to his time in New England, he should also understand the defense. In 42 career games, he has started 32 of them – including eight in 2017 for the Seahawks during new Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s final year with Seattle. He’s only had one season where he’s caught more than 75 percent of his targets (76.9 percent last year). The risk now is more what happens on the outside opposite of Slay. Fixing Lions QB Matthew Stafford? It also provides more context to the release of last year’s starting outside corner, Nevin Lawson, who was a candidate to move inside this season before his departure. (Detroit Lions via AP).

But in Melvin, Detroit gets a tall corner that Matt Patricia seems to favor. But, the Lions need someone to replace T.J. Lang. What’s the risk: General manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia wanted playmakers and Amendola isn’t one. 3 or No. Matt Patricia was supposed to be a defensive guru, so why is Detroit's defense so bad? The Lions missed on every tight end target they had in free agency and the draft a year ago.

He’ll be reliable, but he’s not going to change a game. He has been reasonably durable -- playing at least 12 games every year since 2013 -- but as a full-time starter last year, he didn’t do all that much (59 catches, 575 yards). What’s the risk: Barring him signing an unexpectedly high contract, there’s little risk for Detroit in bringing in Lewis. • Barnwell's grades: Tracking big moves » Detroit hasn’t appeared inclined to re-sign TJ Jones so the franchise has been looking for a No.

What’s the risk: If the contract isn’t a large one, there’s little risk involved. Flowers reunites with Patricia in Detroit (1:59), Detroit Lions' 2019 free-agent signings: Zach Zenner to return.