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The Roar: Lions’ Sign 11 Free Agents Including Blount

It’s been a relatively busy first week of free agency for the Detroit Lions as they’ve signed or resigned a combination of 11 players, including LeGarrette Blount, who signed on the dotted line on Friday night.

Blount is coming off back-to-back Super Bowl championships and has been part of three of the last four championship teams. Two with the New England Patriots and one with the Philadelphia Eagles, who captured their title last month.

Detroit hasn’t had a running back drive for a 100-yard game since Reggie Bush accomplished the feat during the 2013 campaign. Last season, in a Week 4 match-up against the Los Angeles Chargers, Blount had 16 carries for 136 yards.

In eight seasons of work in the National Football League, Blount has ran for 100+ yards in 15 regular season games and two play-off games.

Blount’s services will be an improvement to Detroit’s running game that consists of Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington, Zach Zenner and Tion Green.

The run game isn’t solved, but the Lions took a step in the right direction on Friday night. You can expect more of the same from Detroit’s brass, especially with the draft rounding the corner.

Who Were The Other 10 Free Agents Signed?

The Lions addressed their defense first, signing a pair of linebackers — Christian Jones & Devon Kennard — and cornerback DeShawn Shead.

“I’ve obviously watched what he’s done in New England for a long time and always had admiration for the style of defense that he has and the type of players he develops and things like that, so I’m excited for the opportunity and I have a great first impression,” Kennard said. “Great guy, great energy and he has the right mentality so I’m excited.”

The Lions also added depth to their offensive line, signing unrestricted free agent guard Kenny Wiggins. Wiggins started all 16 games for the Los Angeles Chargers last season.

In addition to signing new players, the Lions also re-signed several of their own free agents. Check out the full list below:

  • Long snapper Don Muhlbach
  • Defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr.
  • Safety Tavon Wilson
  • Linebacker Nick Bellore
  • Cornerback Nevin Lawson
  • Quarterback Jake Rudock
  • Running back Zach Zenner

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