Lions Sign Former Vikings S Jayron Kearse To One-Year Deal

Will all the changes on defense pay off in 2020?

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March 19, 2020 - 8:58 am
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Whether it's any better remains to be seen, but the Lions' defense will surely look different next season. A makeover felt necessary after the team allowed over 400 yards per game. 

The latest addition is safety Jayron Kearse, who reportedly agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Detroit.

Kearse, who spent the past four seasons with the Vikings, tallied one pick, six passes defended and 28 tackles over 15 games (three starts) last year. He also played a big role on special teams throughout his time in Minnesota. 

Kearse will join Tracy Walker, Will Harris and the recently-acquired Duron Harmon as Detroit's top safeties. At 6'4, 215 lbs, he'll give the secondary a physical presence. 

Along with Kearse and Harmon, the Lions have added linebacker Jamie Collins, defensive tackles Nick Williams and Danny Shelton and cornerback Desmond Trufant since free agency started on Monday. 

Meanwhile, they've parted ways with linebacker Devon Kennard and defensive tackles Damon Harrison, A'Shawn Robinson and Mike Daniels. And they're expected to trade Darius Slay as soon as Thursday, with Philadelphia the rumored destination.