It looks like the Lions have added another player to the mix at free safety. Former Giants safety C.C. Brown headed to Detroit today to visit with Lions officials. Tim Twentymen of the Detroit News is reporting that the meeting has turned into an official signing.
Brown is a six year pro who started seven games for the Giants last season. Originally tendered a deal by the Giants early this off-season, Brown has been looking for a job ever since New York withdrew the tender after signing Deon Grant.
Brown had been linked to the Cincinnati Bengals, but that fell through when the organization decided that Gibril Wilson was the man to fill the gap at safety. C.C. will be thrown into the mix at free safety, where Marquard Manuel, Daniel Bullucks, Ko Simpson, and Marvin White will compete for the starting job. It is in-evident if Brown becomes the instant favorite at the position, or if he will be thrown in to help make the position battle more competitive.
Brown had 69 tackles and 3 forced fumbles before being benched in early November for bad play against the Philadelphia Eagles. He did see action in every single game though last season.
Like many others out there believe, this move is a bit puzzling in the fact that reviews of Brown’s play in New York are really negative. If the Lions thought this move would put a quality starter on the opposite side of Louis Delmas, they might have another thing coming. If he is added to the squad though to bring depth, than this might be a very healthy move. Brown was a sixth round pick of the Houston Texans in 2005 and started at free safety for four years.
Brown’s contract is only for one year.