On Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen speculated that the Detroit Lions could show some interest in wide receiver Rashied Davis. He thought that with Bryant Johnson set to be released, the Lions would like Davis' versatility and special teams skills, making him a possible addition.
Jensen turned out to be correct with his speculation, because he's reporting today that the Lions and Davis have agreed to terms on a deal. Jensen says that Davis had other options to consider, and yesterday he reported that the Bears were trying to re-sign him. It's not clear if he had an offer from the Bears or not, but he is set to join the Lions now.
Davis, who is 32 years old, had been in Chicago since 2005. He came into the NFL after playing for four years in the Arena Football League, and in his rookie season he mainly worked on special teams, recording zero catches. He had 22, 17 and 35 catches in 2006, 2007 and 2008, respectively, racking up nearly 1,000 yards and four touchdowns. The past two seasons he only had a total of 14 catches for 119 yards and one touchdown.
Davis appears to be a player that can contribute in a big way on special teams and also line up at wide receiver when necessary. I'm not quite sure how he fits into the Lions' plans just yet, but it seems he could compete for the fourth spot at WR.
UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure is reporting that Davis has not agreed to a deal with the Lions yet and the Bears "are still in the mix."
UPDATE II: McClure spoke to Davis, who said that he has in fact accepted a one-year deal from the Lions. He also said he wishes the Bears "would have stepped up their offer." Interesting.