The Lions have confirmed that linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba has signed a two-year deal with the team. Ekejiuba visited Detroit earlier this week and was reportedly drawing interest from the Seahawks and Browns as well.
Ekejiuba does add some depth at linebacker, but the main reason the Lions brought him in is because he is a great special teams player. In his five years with the Raiders, he appeared in 64 games but didn't start once. That is because he makes his money on special teams, as shown by the fact that he was a Pro Bowl alternate in the past just for his play on special teams.
This signing is yet another move that will hopefully improve the play of the Lions' kick/punt coverage next season. That was a huge letdown a year ago, and although Stan Kwan was just not a very good coach (in my opinion, at least), there's no doubt that he wasn't given much to work with. By adding the likes of Landon Johnson, Dante Wesley and now Ekejiuba, the special teams play for the Lions should be much better.