Detroit Lions bolster receiver depth with former Packer Geronimo Allison

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions continue to build onto their wide receiver corps, this time by signing a former divisional foe in the Packers’ Geronimo Allison.

The Detroit Lions appear to have a solid top three leading their wide receiver corps. Kenny Golladay is a budding superstar coming off his first Pro Bowl season. Marvin Jones Jr. is a veteran whose proven to be a reliable playmaker when healthy. Finally, Danny Amendola is a former New England Patriots’ star that was added just last offseason and has shored up the slot.

That trio of Golladay, Jones, and Amendola figures to lead the Lions’ resurgence in 2020, hopefully making Detroit the playoff contender owner Martha Firestone Ford expects this team to be. Yet, the depth behind these three is questionable, at best. But the Lions have made yet another move to help round out the position this summer.

On Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions have signed former Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver and free agent Geronimo Allison to a one-year deal worth $910K, with a signing bonus of $137.5K. This move, combined with the signing of former Los Angeles Charger wideout Geremy Davis last Thursday, adds to an already crowded receiver room in Detroit.

Outside of the aforementioned starting three and the recent additions of Allison and Davis, the Lions’ current wide receiver corps consists of Marvin Hall, Chris Lacy, Tom Kennedy, Travis Fulgham, Jonathan Duhart, and Victor Bolden. Out of this group, it was Hall that emerged as a deep threat in 2019, averaging an impressive 37.3 yards per catch on seven receptions for 261 yards and a single touchdown.

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The 6-foot-3 Allison figures to challenge for the fourth receiver role behind Golladay, Jones, and Amendola this upcoming season. The 26-year old is coming off a career-high six starts with the Packers. He recorded 34 receptions for 287 yards and two scores in 2019. Allison recorded a combined six catches for 57 yards in his two appearances against the Detroit Lions last year.