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Detroit Lions to re-sign Miles Killebrew

The Lions’ linebacker/safety hybrid is coming back to Detroit.

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Friday, the Detroit Lions announced that they’ve agreed to terms with several free agents that had already been widely reported. However, they did manage to slip in a bit of news, too. The team announced Friday evening that they have agreed to terms to re-sign Miles Killebrew.

Killebrew, the team’s fourth-round pick in 2016, has mostly been a special teams contributor in his career, although there was early hope that he’d grow into a role at safety.

Now under head coach Matt Patricia, Killebrew has been making a slow transformation into a linebacker, though most of his contributions still come on special teams—racking over 300 snaps on teams in both 2018 and 2019. Last year, in 15 game appearances and one start, Killebrew logged 20 tackles.

He’ll contend with newly-signed Jayron Kearse—who is also a special teams ace—for a roster spot this training camp. But for now, let’s welcome the 2016 Name Bracket Runner-Up back to the Lions!

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