Lions sign TE Luke Willson week after releasing Eric Ebron

Lions sign TE Luke Willson week after releasing Eric Ebron

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Luke Willson, adding a potential starter in place of Eric Ebron.

Detroit made the move Wednesday, a week after releasing Ebron.

Willson has 89 career catches for 1,129 yards with 11 touchdowns in 72 games, all with the Seahawks. He has 13 catches for 154 yards and one score in the playoffs, including two receptions when Seattle routed Denver in the Super Bowl four years ago.

Seattle drafted the former Rice standout in the fifth round in 2013. Wilson is from LaSalle, Ontario, which is on the banks of the Detroit River.

The Lions opened free agency by making a major move last week, cutting ties with Ebron instead of paying him $8.25 million this season.

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