Lions Add To Secondary By Signing Tony McRae: Report

He'll also contribute on special teams.

97.1 The Ticket
March 20, 2020 - 3:38 pm

One move after another, the Lions are rebuilding their defense. 

On Friday Detroit reportedly agreed to a deal with former Bengals cornerback Tony McRae. 

McRae, 26, appeared in 16 games (two starts) for Cincinnati last season, finishing with 22 tackles and one pass defended. He also contributed heavily on special teams, which will likely be part of his role in Detroit as well. 

Signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free in 2016, McRae has also spent time with the Ravens and Bills. 

Detroit is overhauling its defense after allowing over 400 yards per game last season. Darius Slay is out, traded Thursday to the Eagles. So is linebacker Devon Kennard, and defensive tackles Damon Harrison, Mike Daniels and A'Shawn Robinson. 

McRae will be part of a new-look secondary that also includes cornerback Desmond Trufant and safeties Duron Harmon and Jayron Kearse. And the Lions will likely target Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah in the draft. 

Other newcomers to the defense are linebacker Jamie Collins and defensive tackles Nick Williams and Danny Shelton.