After working out three cornerbacks at their practice facility today, the Lions have signed veteran free agent R.J. Stanford to a contract, writes Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com. The move brings Detroit’s offseason roster back up to 90 players.
Stanford, 27, entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick by the Panthers in 2010, but only appeared in 12 regular season contests for Carolina in 2011 before moving on to Miami. The Utah product spent the last three years with the Dolphins, contributing as a special-teamer and providing depth in the secondary.
The Lions are now carrying 10 cornerbacks, so Stanford will have to impress over the next few weeks to have a chance to make the regular-season roster. The team opted to sign him after auditioning a group of defensive backs that also included Javier Arenas and Ethan Davis, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links).