For the second time today, the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with a free agent, this time adding linebacker Paul Worrilow.
Day one of the NFL’s free agent negotiation window was quiet for the Detroit Lions but things certainly picked up today. The big news was agreeing to terms with Ricky Wagner, the top right tackle on the market.
But that wasn’t the only player the Lions agreed to terms with. According to his representation, free agent linebacker Paul Worrilow, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, will also be coming to Detroit.
Worrilow went from undrafted free agent to starter with the Falcons but lost his starting job to Deion Jones. That made him expendable and the Lions certainly have a need for depth at linebacker.
However, hopes, or conerns, that the Lions are looking at Worrilow as a big time answer on defense should probably take note that the deal is just for one year. That hardly represents a big investment from the Lions, putting this signing more in line with signings like Rafael Bush and Geoff Schwartz from last offseason.
Ricky Wagner is a splash signing. Worrilow is not. That being said, the Lions obviously like Worrilow enough to give him a look and there is potentially playing time available such that he could rebuild some value heading into next offseason.
Worst case, it doesn’t work out and the Lions aren’t any worse for the wear. Best case, Worrilow can carve out a role and contribute in 2017. Sometimes free agency just comes down to that. Not every signing is about making a splash or filling a starting role. With Worrilow in the fold, the Lions can go into the draft with a little more at linebacker than they had yesterday.