Lions Signing $67M Ex-Vikings LB to Help Struggling Defense

Injury and poor play have plagued the Detroit Lions' defense in the first two months, and one site suggests signing a veteran in free agency.

The Lions lost edge rusher James Houston in their 37-31 overtime defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on September 17, days after defensive lineman Josh Paschal was injured in practice and placed on injured reserve.

Houston will miss six to eight weeks due to a broken ankle.

The Lions have allowed 28.5 points per game in the first two weeks of the season due to injuries and a lack of pass rush.

The Lions may get veteran linebacker Anthony Barr, according to Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report suggested the Lions sign Barr to fill a younger defensive role.

“Alex Anzalone is a veteran, but the Lions are young at linebacker. Report: Second-year pro Malcolm Rodriguez and rookie Jack Campbell played a lot of snaps in the opening two weeks.

Detroit should sign a veteran to help Rodriguez and Campbell, who struggled in the season opening.

The Pro Bowl linebacker joined the Cowboys in 2022 after eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Barr signed a five-year, $67.5 million contract with the Vikings in 2018, then joined the Cowboys for $2 million.

Barr may stabilize a defense that has failed to hold opponents early in the season, according to Bleacher Report.


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