The Detroit Lions' busy week of transactions continued on Wednesday with two more signings. Specifically, the Lions signed wide receiver Greg Salas and cornerback Chris Owens to one-year deals, giving them 90 total players on their roster.
Salas joins the Lions after spending the last two seasons with the New York Jets. In 10 games in 2014, he had eight catches for 167 yards, and he also had a 20-yard rushing touchdown. Before that, in eight games in 2013, he caught eight passes for 143 yards.
Salas' best season actually came back in 2011 as a rookie with the St. Louis Rams. Despite playing in only six games, Salas caught 27 passes for 264 yards. He didn't have any touchdowns, though, and he's actually never had a single receiving TD in his career. (After playing for the Rams for one season, Salas spent the 2012 season with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, but he only appeared in one total game.)
As for Owens, he joins the Lions after playing for three different teams over the last two seasons. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, but he's been with the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs since 2013. Last year, he played in 11 games for the Chiefs and had 33 tackles, 0.5 sacks and four pass defenses.
Considering Owens is only 5-foot-9, he appears to primarily be a nickelback. With Bill Bentley, Nevin Lawson, Quandre Diggs and Josh Wilson already vying for that role, the Lions had more than enough candidates for the starting nickelback job even before this move. Now, with Owens joining the mix, this could very well be the most interesting position battle to watch going forward simply because there are so many candidates for the job.