LaSalle's Luke Willson to play for Detroit Lions

LaSalle's Luke Willson to play for Detroit Lions

Willson's one-year deal will be worth $2.5 million with potential incentives, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. In the last week he has made free-agent visits to the Lions, Jacksonville and Carolina. Though he never earned a full-time starting gig playing behind Zach Miller and Graham, he did start 37 games during that span, catching 89 passes for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"I'm on a totally different team and I have nothing to say about the organization", he said during a conference call with Indianapolis reporters. "I mean it's a fluid situation".

Seattle will have more than three tight ends on its roster when camp begins and that had led to the thought that the Seahawks could still bring back Willson, despite the signing of Dickson. Now it appears that Vannett will become the first option. Amid all the turnover in the Seahawks' running game, offensive line and receiver corps throughout his five seasons there, he was remarkably consistent. He'll join second-year pro Michael Roberts atop thee Lions' new-look tight end rotation.

But Seattle may mine what is left of the tight end free agent market as well as maybe take one in the draft.


Willson did have career lows in receptions and receiving yards in 2017, so maybe Seattle did not think he was ready to step into the number one tight end role anyway.

However, it's expected Avril could be soon released or retire due to a neck/nerve issue and Chancellor also may not be able to play any longer due to a similar issue. All I can say is thank you....

Eric Ebron, their top pass-catcher at the position the last four years, was cut an hour before the start free agency.

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