CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 19: Maurice Stovall #80 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after catching a touchdown pass from Drew Stanton #5 (not shown) during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Tigers defeated the Browns 30-28. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions have decided to bring back wide receiver Maurice Stovall, according to Tim Twentyman. Stovall became a free agent after spending the 2011 season with the Lions, and before Monday, he was still a free agent. Now, he is set to rejoin the Lions on a new one-year deal.
Stovall's contributions to the Lions last season were almost exclusively on special teams. He only had one catch for eight yards in 2011, but he was considered one of the better players on special teams for the Lions.
The Lions' decision to bring back Stovall means there is another player in the mix for the fifth wide receiver spot. Originally, it was looking like an undrafted free agent like Patrick Edwards could be in position to earn the fifth spot, but now he and the others hoping to land the spot will have to fend off Stovall.
It's not clear who the Lions have decided to release to make room on the roster for Stovall. Considering they currently have 12 wide receivers on the roster, I'd imagine it's one of the UDFAs at the position.