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Stevan Ridley is reportedly joining the Detroit Lions

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The former Jets running back posted his farewell to New York on Instagram and disclosed his next destination.

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The Lions made slow strides to finally amend the running game woes that had plagued the organization for years during the second half of last season, finally crawling up from the basement of rushing play rankings. It would appear that the work now continues with a free agent addition, as the Lions have signed Stevan Ridley to a one-year deal on Friday, per Ridley's Instagram account and league sources. The organization hosted Ridley on Tuesday and appear to have made the decision to bring him aboard.

Stevan Ridley posted the following message to his Instagram, and sources told ESPN's Michael Rothstein that Ridley would be signing a one-year deal with the Lions:

New York I hate that I couldn't do more for you this past year, but the opportunity y'all gave me after my injury to do what I love the most.. I can never put a price on. The relationships I've gained with my brothers in New York, as well as developing a sense of true patience will take me much further beyond the game of football. Coach Bowles you truly are a leader of men. The Jets Organization is on the up and coming, and I wish you guys nothing but the best. John Mellody and the Jets training staff were an absolute blessing as well. A1 and arguably the best out there! To the Organization and city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love. But now it's on to Detroit for me! I can't be happier for another shot to tote this pill and showcase the gifts I've been truly blessed with! Detroit, I've got a suprise for you this year, I promise. I'm ready to get to work with my new family, so April 18th can't come soon enough! Lets eat fellas, and this year we want the whole plate!! #longliveKiDRiD #onlyGOD

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New York I hate that I couldn't do more for you this past year, but the opportunity y'all gave me after my injury to do what I love the most.. I can never put a price on. The relationships I've gained with my brothers in New York, as well as developing a sense of true patience will take me much further beyond the game of football. Coach Bowles you truly are a leader of men. The Jets Organization is on the up and coming, and I wish you guys nothing but the best. John Mellody and the Jets training staff were an absolute blessing as well. A1 and arguably the best out there! To the Organization and city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love. But now it's on to Detroit for me! I can't be happier for another shot to tote this pill and showcase the gifts I've been truly blessed with! Detroit, I've got a suprise for you this year, I promise. I'm ready to get to work with my new family, so April 18th can't come soon enough! Lets eat fellas, and this year we want the whole plate!! #longliveKiDRiD #onlyGOD

Ridley is a product out of LSU, drafted by the New England Patriots in 2011. His pinnacle year in the professional ranks was in 2012 where he racked up over 1300 yards from scrimmage in the regular season, averaging 78.9 yards per game. However, he tore his ACL and MCL in 2014, his last season with the Pats. In 2015 he played with the Jets in nine games, but only started one.

On a one-year deal, the initial outlook is a depth signing, and a "show me" contract should be expected. In practice, Ridley should fill the role once held by Joique Bell as a bruising back to take short yardage situations and punish teams up the middle. At 27 he should be able to contribute meaningfully to the Lions offensive production if he can prove himself healthy.