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Dante Wesley will join the Lions

The Detroit Lions have added some depth on defense and special teams by bringing in a veteran cornerback.

Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News reports that the Lions have agreed on a two-year deal with free agent cornerback Dante Wesley. He’ll sign his contract and report to the offseason workout program on Monday.

The 30-year-old Wesley has been in the NFL for eight seasons, including seven with the Panthers. In Carolina he played for assistant coach Danny Crossman, who is now the Lions’ special teams coordinator.

A gunner in punt coverage, Wesley was suspended for a game last season after a brutal hit on Tampa Bay punt returner Clifton Smith.

In addition to playing special teams, Wesley will give the Lions some depth on defense and might even compete for a starting spot, although he has started only two games in his NFL career.

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12 Responses to “Dante Wesley will join the Lions”
  1. Catamount says: Apr 3, 2010 9:20 AM

    Lions fans: I realize that you problaby don’t know much about Wesley. He is a good special teamer. Will not start, but a veteran. He is worth having on the roster for his special teams alone.

  2. Mike says: Apr 3, 2010 9:53 AM

    Thnaks, Catamount. I figure a player who gets suspended for a game due to a hard hit is a guy who gives his all. It’s the type of player the Lions need.

  3. Shawn says: Apr 3, 2010 10:07 AM

    Hey guess what Lions Ken Hamlin was released maybe you’ll won’t to pick him up too. Or better yet maybe you should make a good move for once and go get Sharper.

  4. Mav69r says: Apr 3, 2010 10:14 AM

    Good move… considering we have a new special teams coordinator (farewell stanley kwan)… and bringing in guys that Crossman knows can play his “system” is a good move, especially weeks before the draft. Just shows our new class of rookies that they need to work really hard to make the team, which shows an increase in talent over last year.

  5. Deacon Blues says: Apr 3, 2010 10:31 AM

    30 yr old corner who does not start…. and about the 6th speciel teamer the Lions have added this off season……….
    I guess giving up 500 points a year is tough on the kickoff coverage guys, too.
    brilliant !

  6. DINO says: Apr 3, 2010 10:49 AM

    looking forward to shocking the NFC North…. PLEASE overlook the Lions where we can sneak up on ya and beat ya… special teams and defense have been upgraded… DON’T BE PREPARED when you play the Lions thinking we are the old lions! Those days are quickly passing us by

  7. MakingitRain says: Apr 3, 2010 10:50 AM

    This guy leaves it all out on the field when playing.
    I can’t believe Carolina didn’t keep him for his special teams play.

  8. odds75to1 says: Apr 3, 2010 11:32 AM

    A gunner in punt coverage, Wesley was suspended for a game last season after a brutal hit on Tampa Bay punt returner Clifton Smith.
    We need more mean ass people on ST…i’ll take it!

  9. barrywhat says: Apr 3, 2010 11:48 AM

    trade for Sims, sign Pac man, draft Suh!!!!

  10. TheRoon says: Apr 3, 2010 1:21 PM

    Hate to see him leave Carolina, but we have made some moves adding younger players that can impact our special teams. Wesley is nothing to write home about as a CB, but he is a very good special teams player and will add a splash of locker room leadership.
    All-in-all, not a bad addition by the Detroit Lions.

  11. kishcollageit says: Apr 3, 2010 1:54 PM

    @ DINO: Right on keep talking about Bears, Packers and Vikings! Slip under that radar then awaken these new Cats to a new season!

  12. bluelion says: Apr 3, 2010 2:18 PM

    Hey Shawn,
    We’ll pass on that stiff Hamlin thank you very much.
    However, wouldn’t be surprised if we go after Flo for a two year deal.

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