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Report: Detroit Lions hosting TE Daniel Brown

Detroit is looking at some more tight end depth.

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Apparently Friday is visit day for Detroit Lions free agents. With general manager Bob Quinn just down the road at University of Michigan’s Pro Day, three free agents have reportedly rolled through the team’s facility in Allen Park.

The latest is former Bears tight end Daniel Brown, as reported by the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett.

Brown is another young tight end that could contend for a spot on the Lions roster, which currently includes just three other tight ends: 2017 fourth-round pick Michael Roberts, Jerome Cunningham and newly-signed Jesse James.

Hitting free agency after three years with the Chicago Bears, Brown has mostly carved out a role in the NFL as a special teamer. Since joining the league in 2015, Brown has just 35 career receptions.

It’s hard to see Brown contending for a significant role in the Lions’ offense in 2019, but if Detroit deems it needs some depth that can provide special teams value, Brown may be their man. After all, Roberts barely played any special teams last year and was a big disappointment on offense.

The other two visiting the Lions on Friday are running back Malcolm Brown and wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. You can read more about them here, and don’t forget to keep track of all the news with our free agency rumor tracker.

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