Lions Sign WR Geronimo Allison

The Lions have agreed to a one-year deal with former Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison, the team announced. As Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets, it will be a one-year, veteran minimum deal of $910K with a $137.5K signing bonus.

That is a far cry from what Allison was probably anticipating this time last year, as he entered the 2019 campaign in line for an expanded role in Green Bay’s receiving corps. He opened 2018 with a bang, catching 19 passes for 289 yards and a score through the first quarter of the year, but a concussion and a core muscle injury limited him to just one game the rest of the way.

Still, the Packers thought enough of his potential — and Allison was generating enough interest from other teams — that the club signed him to a one-year deal last March after initially placing an original-round RFA tender on him. But Green Bay tried to use the 6-3, 202-pounder in the slot in 2019, and that simply didn’t work. He appeared in all 16 games but caught just 34 passes for 287 yards and two TDs.

The division-rival Lions have seen a good deal of Allison over his first four years in the league and apparently like his potential. The top of Detroit’s depth chart is set with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones on the boundaries and Danny Amendola in the slot, but Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com says Allison will likely push Marvin Hall for the No. 4 WR job.

Of course, the Lions could also draft a wideout from a very deep WR class. But Allison is a good low-risk, high-reward addition who became yet another victim of a very tough FA market for receivers.

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16 comments on “Lions Sign WR Geronimo Allison

  1. Kk3445

    A solid WR pickup for the lions. Could push Amendola for the #3 spot pretty quickly.

  2. kylewait89

    It honestly seems like a tank signing. Like if the season starts going south they can trade Jones to a contender and at least have a competent NFL receiver there in his stead as Amendola can’t play outside.

  3. Dtownwarrior78

    Well he’s not going to take Amemdola’s spot in the slot, as they just said he stunk it up in the slot for GB and didn’t wanna play there regardless. So he will be nice to have on staff if any of our AARP receivers get hurt. And that’s been almost a sure thing with M. Jones the last 2 years. I think we still grab a WR in the draft and not only that but Marvin Hall played pretty well for someone most of us didn’t even know at the beginning of the year!

  4. travbot

    Allison had the dropsies and fumblitis last season. Glad to see a divisional rival willing to deal with this.

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