The Lions have reportedly inked a few of their own free agents but Bobby Carpenter hasn’t been on of them. While the Lions are aggressively pursuing Stephen Tulloch, whose signing would push DeAndre Levy to one of the outside linebacker spots, they haven’t been linked to many other names. Until now.
Free Agent linebacker Justin Durant, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has signed with the Detroit Lions according to recent tweets from Chicago Tribune beat writer Vaughn McClure who has followed the story from a Chicago Bears perspective:
Multiple sources tell me Justin Durant now out of the Bears mix at linebacker. May end up with Lions.
Durant apparently has agreed to terms with the Lions.
The former Jaguars linebacker will sign a two-year deal. Makes things look better for Nick Roach to compete for a starting role.
Justin Durant was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round (48th overall) of the 2007 draft and played in 50 games with 42 starts in his four seasons. Injuries have been a concern with Durant who played in ten games last year and hasn’t played more than 14 games in a season.
As an outside linebacker, this deal likely won’t change things with Stephen Tulloch. Signing Tulloch and moving Levy outside makes the linebackers stronger as a unit but adding Durant ensures an upgrade even if Levy stays inside due to Tulloch going elsewhere.
[update: sounds like a done deal based on a tweet from Justin Durant]