It had been a while since we saw Detroit Lions general manager shuffle the bottom of the roster. Last year, it seemed to be a on a daily basis. But the Lions hadn’t made a roster move in 10 days.
Until Sunday night.
The team announced that they have signed free agent safety Marcus Cromartie and waived Stefan McClure with an injury designation.
Cromartie, a cousin of the famous Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, is an NFL journeyman who has spent time on six different rosters since entering the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent from Wisconsin. He has only made 22 game appearances over that time and only one start.
At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds Cromartie matches the profile of the big defensive back that Matt Patricia values in his defense. However, it’s hard to imagine Cromartie making a big enough impact to make a run at the 53-man roster, which will be decided in less than two weeks.
Interestingly, the Lions did not announce the signing of cornerback Sterling Moore. Earlier Sunday, Moore’s agent tweeted out that the cornerback was signing with Detroit, however, he has since deleted that tweet.