The Detroit Lions announced on Tuesday evening that they have agreed to terms with veteran guard Kenny Wiggins. Terms and length of the deal were not immediately released.
Wiggins was originally signed to a two-year deal prior to the 2018 season. During last year, Wiggins was part of a rotation that involved him playing both the left and right guard positions for various drives, taking both Joe Dahl and Graham Glasgow out of the game temporarily. He earned a 61.8 PFF grade playing just over 40 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in 2019.
With Glasgow now signed with the Denver Broncos, the Lions’ starting right guard job remains open for competition. Earlier this offseason, the Lions re-signed veteran Oday Aboushi to be a part of that position battle along with former 49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett, who has struggled to keep a starting job in the NFL.
Wiggins finished the 2019 season on injured reserve after suffering a torn bicep that required surgery in December. With the Lions unable to give Wiggins a direct physical due to the team’s facility being closed, that could be the reason why Detroit waited so long to bring him back.
If healthy, Wiggins is the most likely candidate to win the starting right guard job, but it’s still a position the Lions could very well target in next week’s NFL Draft.