Report: Brandon Pettigrew agrees to deal to return to Lions

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One of Matthew Stafford’s most reliable targets is set to return to the Detroit Lions.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, tight end Brandon Pettigrew has agreed to terms on a four-year, $16 million deal with $8 million guaranteed to return to the Lions.

Pettigrew is on his way back to Detroit Friday morning to take a physical and sign the deal.

Pettigrew was one of the top tight ends available on the free agent market and had drawn interest from several teams before electing to stick with the Lions. Detroit had one of the most explosive offenses in the league last season. Pettigrew, Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson primarily led the way for an offense that finished sixth in total yards and third in passing yards for the season.

With the addition of receiver Golden Tate from Seattle to pair with Johnson, and Pettigrew returning to town, the Lions could be even more explosive offensively next season.

Pettigrew appeared in 14 games for the Lions last season and posted 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Pettigrew has 284 catches for 2,828 yards and 16 touchdowns in five seasons in Detroit.

46 responses to “Report: Brandon Pettigrew agrees to deal to return to Lions

  1. Guess if it’s broke, why fix it? The lions will have to continue to try and out score the opposition. Does anybody in Detoilet actually realize you are supposed to try to stop the bad guys? Poor Brandon doesn’t realize that Stafford only has eyes for Megatron!!

  2. Welcome back! Now Mack, Mosely or Barr in the first, best available DB in the 2nd, another WR in the 3rd, and a Safety or in the 4th and we may be able to make some noise.

  3. Good move by the Lions….if the terms are corrects not a bad contract. If he can hold on to the ball consistently the Lions offense should be really good…his blocking is top notch.

  4. Great move by the lions now let’s go draft one of the top dbs maybe a lb just no more dlinemen

  5. I sas hoping they’d move on.. so unreliable and always dropping the easy ones and more importantly the timely ones.

    He does make for some great leaps when it matters least, and usually for that extra yard when you need 9 more.

  6. I’m glad that he past on the Jets…he was the “best thing that has never happened at TE” as far as I’m concerned…this is proof that Idzik (aka: Napolian Dynamite) will not overpay for anyone…very shrewd!

    Next man up !

  7. I was ready to move on from him, but ok signing considering what’s available. Would be much better if he didn’t have the mental lapses, drops important 3rd down and td passes, and when he does catch one he gets the ball stripped. I feel he’s a good blocker, but everything I read says he’s below avg. Not going to burn teams down the seam or be the dynamic playmaker we drafted him to be, but could be well worth the money if he can catch and hold on to the ball.

  8. terrible news for Lions fans..this guy stinks. $4 million? the Lions are crazy. Turnover machine with hands of stone. Was hoping we were through with this loser.

  9. “Reliable” in the sense you can always count on him dropping 30% of the passes that hit him in the hands.

  10. Take some of the money you just got paid, invest in some stickum and Lions fans will be OK with this deal.

    Lots of talent but got a little loose with the football at times. If he can clean that up, he’s an elite TE.

  11. U smell that? I didn’t know lions had extra money to OVER PAY and just BURN like that. I figured he’d fail a physical once Drs see he has frying pans for hands

  12. I stopped reading after ‘One of Matthew Stafford’s most reliable targets’. I’m a Giants fan but even I know that Pettigrew drops balls at the most inopportune moments. His 280+ catches are a product of a system with little outside of Megatron.. it also explains why their RBs and FBs have so many receptions. Pettigrew can block and when he has the ball he can get some YAC. But a reliable target he is not.

  13. I like it–not the best hands but this dude is an absolute beast blocking in the running game. Lions are setting themselves up really nicely to have flexibility in the draft.

  14. Nice move for a decent price. He is a better blocker than a receiver but it is one less hole we ahve to fill.

  15. “Most reliable targets” LOL – Well, outside of Calvin and the running backs, there weren’t many targets. (Fauria was good in the red zone, but MIA anywhere else on the field)

  16. The good: The Lions have set themselves up to have a more balanced, highly explosive offense next season. They will be capable of piling up points, if Stafgord gets his head on straight. The bad: Subject to an extraordinary draft or other surprises, the defense could be no better than last year. The team has gone all in on offense so far this off season and should be fun to watch in 2014. For fans who like to watch shoot outs.

  17. The good: The Lions have set themselves up to have a more balanced, highly explosive offense next season. They will be capable of piling up points, if Stafgord gets his head on straight. The bad: Subject to an extraordinary draft or other surprises, the defense could be no better than last year. The team has gone all in on offense so far this off season and should be fun to watch in 2014. For fans who like to watch shoot outs.

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    Nice move for a decent price. He is a better blocker than a receiver but it is one less hole we ahve to fill.
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    That’s the thing, he’s not even a good blocker. He was a good blocker in college and somehow that reputation has stuck with him, but he’s actually a liability as a blocker (and as a receiver).

  19. Not sure where all these “good blocker” comments come from. He’s average at best. Average hands. Average blocker. Average speed. $4 million per is too much.

  20. Ugh. I was really hoping to get rid of this guy and showcase Fauria. Then either Michael Williams or someone cheap could be the blocking TE.

  21. As a Packer fan I’m not a big fan of this. Pettigrew is a fine TE capable of hurting a defense. Plenty of pass catchers have had “the drops” for a brief period and then got past it. He could be flat-out dangerous if he does.

  22. The thing that sticks out in my mind was when Alerraun Verner basically snatched the ball away from Pettigrew and took it to the house.

    Still — new coaching staff, perhaps they can cut down on the dumb stuff this team became known for over the last 4 or 5 years and get things rolling a bit.

    Pettigrew is better than he’s shown recently.

  23. gotta love all the butthurt people who took the time out of their day to comment on what a bad move this is. Its obviously a good move or you wouldn’t be so butthurt about it.

  24. If he’s #2 on the depth chart after Fauria i’d have no problem with this, but seeing as that’s highly unlikely this is a stupid move bu the lions!

  25. Only reliable thing about Pettigrew is that he will drop and easy pass or fumble it once he actually caught one. This guy sucks.

  26. “One of Matthew Stafford’s most reliable targets is set to return to the Detroit Lions”

    If you mean he can rely on him to drop the ball then yes you would be right!

  27. Yes, more “explosive” next season on offense….UNTIL Stafford IMPLODES…..He’s an interception machine…..The gifts keep coming, if you’re a DB with him at the helm.

  28. He became more sure-handed the second half of last season. What’s nice is that he recognizes the drops are a problem and he’s working on that. At this point there’s not much to do other than hope he continues to improve.

    My biggest concern is the injury that ended his season last year. The way his body bent was pretty ugly.

    Relatively speaking, this was a good deal for the Lions.

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