The Detroit Lions continue to add modest defensive aid in the second wave of the free agency. According to Mike Garafolo. from the NFL NetworkThe Lions add the Chris Board linebacker, formerly with the Baltimore Ravens, on a one-year deal. This comes about an hour after news came out that the Lions had also added former first-round corner Mike Hughes.
The Board, which left North Dakota in 2018, has spent its entire four-year career at the Ravens and has been an active member every season. Over the course of all four years, the Board has played at least 15 games, mostly as a special team. However, his role on the defensive grew every season, from just 14 in his rookie season to 64 the following year, to 264 in 2020, and then 337 last year – all while retaining a four-phase special team. As a defender, Board recorded 41 tackles and two quarterback hits in 2021, but really stood out as a special player, scoring 83.5 for the PFF.
He was so integral to the team that, according to Garafolo, the Ravens were interested in bringing him back.
In Detroit, however, management may be able to compete for the initial role. Detroit has allowed Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who started 11 matches last season, to walk in a free agency. And while they re-signed with veteran Alex Anzalone, they only gave him a modest deal and the only other linebacker with a lot of starting experience is Derrick Barnes, who finishes his rookie season.
At a weight of 6ft -2,229 pounds, the board fits Lions needs on sideline to sideline with good sporting qualities:
Here are some of his highlights from last year:
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