The Lions bolstered their depth at cornerback today through the signing of Dre Bly to a two-year deal. Bly spent four years in Detroit (2003-2006), and earned two trips to the Pro-Bowl during that time. He was dealt to Denver following the 2006 campaign for offensive tackle George Foster and alleged luggage thief Tatum Bell.
Although he only started six games last year for the 49ers, he played in all sixteen games. He put up pretty good numbers, too: 3 interceptions, 26 tackles, and forced three fumbles.
He’s 33-years-old now, so I’m going to temper my excitement a bit, but he is still a quality player, and should far exceed the usual qualification for Lion cornerbacks, which is simply having a pulse. I wouldn’t expect a return trip to the Pro-Bowl for Bly, but he’s a very nice addition to a team that has been so weak at corner for so long.