The Detroit Lions are releasing veteran wide receiver Geronimo Allison, according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Allison was signed by the Lions back in 2020 to help round out Detroit’s receiver room. The veteran, however, decided to opt out in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing his one-year contract to 2021. Under the new regime in Detroit, Allison had a better chance to make the team’s final 53-man roster with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and Danny Amendola no longer on the team.
However, Allison never really made a big impression in camp. At 6-foot-3, Allison was in contention for one of Detroit’s outside receiver spots, which was wide open after Breshad Perriman failed to hold onto a starting job. However, Allison didn’t particularly fit the receiver profile the Lions were looking for, as he lacks breakaway speed and the ability to separate.
Allison’s spot became even more expendable on Tuesday morning when the Detroit Lions completed a trade for former Broncos receiver Trinity Benson.
Because Allison is a vested veteran, his contract is immediately terminated, and he is free to sign with any team.
The Lions’ roster is now down to 68 players (67 if you include the move to place Jashon Cornell on the suspended list.) Catch up on all the Lions’ latest cuts right here.