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Lions free-agent profile: Kellen Davis

Should the Detroit Lions re-sign tight end Kellen Davis?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

To get ready for free agency, we're going to take a look at each of the Detroit Lions' 2015 free agents. Next up is tight end Kellen Davis.

2014 stats

6 games (0 starts)

How he joined the Lions

Signed as a free agent in December 2014 (after first signing in October 2014).

Case for re-signing him

Because the Lions had so many injury issues at tight end last season, Davis was actually signed on two separate occasions. He didn't contribute anything in the pass game and was solely on the team to help as a blocker, but the Lions could be in need of that extra depth again in 2015 if even one of their top three tight ends suffers another injury.

Case against re-signing him

Davis was basically a sixth offensive lineman considering he wasn't a threat in the passing game. That was by design, but if the Lions want to add extra depth at tight end, they'd be better off signing someone who is younger and has a more diverse skill set. Keeping a player like Davis over someone who could be developed into a future contributor just wouldn't be wise.

Final verdict

There's really no reason for the Lions to re-sign Davis. Their top three at tight end is already set, and the fourth and fifth spots should really be set aside for developmental players who could wind up on the practice squad. An injury would obviously change things here, but even then, the Lions could do better than Davis.

Previously: QB Dan Orlovsky, QB Kellen Moore, FB Jed Collins, WR Jeremy Ross

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