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NFL free agency: Detroit Lions sign TE Luke Willson to a 1-year deal

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The Lions have a new tight end.

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It turns out Golden Tate was indeed breaking news earlier. The Detroit Lions have reportedly agreed to terms with former Seahawks tight end Luke Willson, according to NFL Canada:

NFL insider Adam Caplan is reporting the deal is for one year and $2.5 million, with incentives built in to earn more.

As pointed out by NFL Canada, Willson grew up in Ontario just over the Detroit river and a quick drive from Ford Field. Willson grew up a Lions fan, even dressing up as Barry Sanders as a child for Halloween.

As a player, Willson will bring a mix of catching abilities and blocking. Though he has never had more than 22 catches in a season, he does have 11 touchdowns in his five years in the NFL. As a blocker, Willson has seen mixed results, but has steadily improved as his career has progressed.

Perhaps the most notable thing about Willson is his extreme athleticism:

Willson has yet to turn that athleticism into solid NFL play, but he may get the opportunity in Detroit. With the Seahawks, Willson was always at least second on the depth chart, but with Eric Ebron and Darren Fells both leaving Detroit this offseason, Willson will get an opportunity to compete with second-year Michael Roberts for the starting job. According to the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett, a rookie tight end could be in the mix, too.

Welcome to the team, Luke Willson! We’re glad you decided to come home. Now let’s get to work!

UPDATE: The Lions have made it official: