The Detroit Lions have gone without a fullback for the past several years. With a new offensive staff in place, that will change. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is reunited with a familiar face in the form of Jed Collins, who
The #Lions have agreed to terms with FB Jed Collins on a new 1-year deal. The fullback position is back in the D.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 19, 2014
Collins originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and bounced around six different organizations before finding a long-term place with the Saints.
The fullback position isn’t often thought of with high-powered offensive attacks but Collins managed to play 449 snaps for the Saints last season. Collins’ addition brings into question the roster spot of Montell Owens, whose special teams prowess may not be enough to win a roster spot given the increasingly crowded offensive backfield. If the Lions are eventually forced to choose between Owens and Collins, they can save some money against the cap by keeping Collins, as his deal is only for the veteran minimum.