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Lions Roll Dice on Everette Brown and Resign Will Heller

The Lions’ offseason keeps rolling as they landed their second free agent as well as retained the eighth of their own players.  The Lions strategy in free agency has been to spend on building block players (Nate Burleson, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch) and then bargain hunt to fill needs.  The Lions like to buy low on free agents, typically young players that have fallen out of favor, and they Struck that market again with the signing of Everette Brown.

Brown was a 2nd round pick of the Panthers in 2009, but never lived up to expectations.  He was on the Chargers roster briefly, but was released a few weeks ago.  Brown is only 24 and fits the same mold as Lawrence Jackson when the Lions traded for him.

Brown was surrounded by little to no talent in Carolina and didn’t get time to develop because of a coaching change, he has a lot of talent and he’s young and inexpensive.  If the Lions can harness that talent, they will have another pass rusher to roll out in their rotation.  If not, he costs next to nothing.

The Lions also brought back Will Heller, who was cut last week to clear salary cap room.  The Lions brought him back on a more affordable contract to reprise his role as the 3rd tight end.

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