The Detroit Lions decided to not tender linebacker Josh Bynes, who was a restricted free agent this offseason. As a result, Bynes was able to hit the open market and was free to sign with any team, but the Lions quickly got him back under contract shortly after free agency opened.
Bynes joined the Lions last season when they signed him off of the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. At the time, Bynes was added just to give the Lions some extra depth at linebacker following Stephen Tulloch's season-ending injury. As the season progressed, Bynes saw most of his playing time at strongside linebacker and averaged around 19 snaps a game on defense once he broke into the rotation.
Going into the 2015 season, Bynes could very well emerge as the Lions' top backup at linebacker. And if they decide to use more 3-4 looks, he could even become a regular in their rotation at linebacker. He can play multiple spots at that position, and if nothing else, he can contribute on special teams.
UPDATE: Bynes' deal is for two years.