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.