More Detroit Lions secondary moves
Jayron Kearse is a depth signing, having played for the Minnesota Vikings since being drafted in 2016 out of Clemson. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound strong safety played most of his snaps as a special teams player but has made five starts in his four-year career. He may be a player signed to replace Miles Killebrew but has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million dollar deal after making $736,000 in 2019.
Grade: D, expensive backup player with limited starting experience. He is only 26, so perhaps he will be used more in nickel or dime packages by Patricia’s staff.
Mike Ford, CB
Mike Ford was an exclusive rights free agent who will be retained by the Detroit Lions. Ford has been a valuable reserve cornerback and special teams player during his time in the Motor City.
Grade: B+ At a cost of $750, 000, according to Over The Cap, he provides value and experience. The 6-1, 194-pound undrafted free agent has been a great backup.
Dee Virgin, CB
The 5-10, 205-pound cornerback has been a mainstay on the special teams unit for the Detroit Lions and is being brought back as another exclusive right free agent.
Grade: B, Over The Cap lists the cost of Virgin’s contract at $750,000, as well. Although Virgin doesn’t offer as much as a backup cornerback, he makes plays on special teams at a cost that is low.
The Detroit Lions are likely to draft another cornerback this year with a pick as high as their number three overall, possibly to select Jeffrey Okudah if they do not trade down.