NFL Free Agency 2022: Former Ravens goaltender DeShon Elliott to sign one-year deal with Lions

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Former Baltimore Ravens guard DeShon Elliott will sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions worth up to $3.65 million. according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson. Elliott will join a Lions secondary that includes fellow safeties Tracy Walker and Will Harris. The Detroit secondary finished 24th in the NFL in passing yards allowed last season and 26th in touchdowns allowed.

A sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Elliott missed his entire rookie season after fracturing his forearm during preseason. A knee injury wiped out Elliott’s second season after just six games. Elliott missed the second half of the 2021 season after sustaining bicep and pectoral muscle injuries.

Elliott has managed to stay on the court in 2020, his third season in Baltimore. In 16 games, Elliott had 80 tackles. 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He also had nine tackles in the Ravens’ two playoff games. In six games last season, Elliott had 23 tackles while recording his first career interception, which came at the expense of Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.


6-foot-1, 210-pound Elliott played at Texas. During his final season with the Longhorns, Elliott recorded six interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He also forced three touchdowns while helping Texas win three of its last four games, including a bowl win over Missouri.

The Lions went 3-13-1 in Dan Campbell’s first season in Detroit. After failing to win its first 11 games, Detroit shared its final six games of the 2021 season which included wins over Arizona and Green Bay in the playoffs. In addition to making changes on defense, the Lions helped improve their offense by re-signing wide receiver Josh Reynolds and signing former Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark to a one-year deal.

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