Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lions sign Kevin Ogletree to one-year deal
By Michael Rothstein
The first move of the Detroit Lions' new league year is not one that could have been expected.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, who joined the Lions last season after being released by Tampa Bay, will return to the team on a one-year contract. The move was first reported by Pro Football Talk.
Ogletree had said at the end of the season he wanted to return to Detroit if possible and the Lions are desperate for help at receiver.
The 26-year-old signed with Detroit midway through the 2013 season after being released by Tampa Bay after four games. He combined to have 21 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns between the two teams last season.
He spent the previous four seasons with Dallas after being an undrafted free agent out of Virginia. In his career, he has 78 receptions for 999 yards and six touchdowns.
This is a fairly low-risk move for Detroit. The team is bringing in a receiver it is familiar with, who can compete for a roster spot and also play special teams. When given opportunities, he was mildly productive, including five catches for 75 yards in the season finale against Minnesota on 10 targets -- the most he had in 2013.
The Lions now have these receivers under contract who played in games for them last season: Calvin Johnson, Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, Patrick Edwards and Ogletree.
Ogletree is the second signing for Detroit on Tuesday, joining running back Joique Bell.