Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) attempts to tackle Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) in the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Re-sign Brandon Pettigrew to 4-Year Deal

The Detroit Lions have addressed another offseason need by retaining one of their own. A starting job would have opened up if Brandon Pettigrew left via free agency but that won’t happen thanks to a new four-year deal reportedly worth $16 million, including $8 million in guaranteed money.

Pettigrew had also drawn interest from the New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions could have taken a look at other free agent tight ends but showed a preference towards bringing Pettigrew back.

While the Lions could still upgrade the position in the draft but re-signing Pettigrew makes that less of a need. In general, teams like to enter the draft without glaring holes so they can keep their options open. The Lions now have the flexibility to maintain the status quo or add a more dynamic talent like Eric Ebron.

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