Detroit Lions Sign Veteran Running Back Montell Owens

Dec 23, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Montell Owens (24) runs the ball as he is defended by New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (24) and cornerback Marquice Cole (23) during the first half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions had an open spot on their 90-man offseason roster after waiving quarterback Alex Carder today. It doesn’t make sense to carry a vacancy and the Lions have moved quickly to plug the hole.

According to DetroitLions.com reporter Tim Twentyman, the Lions have added free agent running back Montell Owens.

Owens went undrafted out of Maine in 2006 but signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and managed to stick with them through the 2012 season. He had a career-high 42 careers last season but his value comes at special teams where he was a Pro Bowler in 2011 and first-alternate in 2010.

There was some confusion earlier in the offseason as to whether or not the Lions had re-signed Kassim Osgood. While it was reported that they had, they in fact had not and the addition of a special teams ace in Owens may completely close the door on Osood’s return, if it was even being considered in the first place.

It would seem Owens has a chance to make the final roster thanks to his special teams play but he will have to prove his worth over the younger players on the roster to make it happen.

Topics: Detroit Lions, Montell Owens

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