Lions To Sign LB Alex Anzalone

New Lions coach Dan Campbell is getting the gang back together. Well not entirely, but he is adding a familiar face to his inaugural defense.

Detroit has agreed to terms on a deal with free agent linebacker Alex Anzalone, a source told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network (Twitter link). It’s a one-year pact worth a modest $1.75MM, he reports. Campbell and Anzalone were together in New Orleans for the past four years when Campbell was an assistant head coach under Sean Payton. 

The Saints drafted Anzalone in the third-round back in 2017, and he spent his first four pro seasons with the team. This past season he appeared in all 16 games and started nine, playing almost exactly half of the defensive snaps. He finished with 41 tackles, three for a loss.

The Lions have so far made the defensive line more of a priority, adding guys like Michael Brockers and Charles Harris, and this is their first real addition to the linebacking corp.

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16 comments on “Lions To Sign LB Alex Anzalone

  1. Ak185

    Now that is surprising. That is a VERY cheap deal-I’m a little shocked that the Saints let Anzalone walk for that little an amount.

    • birdsfan415

      same, as a saints fan i’m surprised we let him walk for that cheap and very sad he is gone

        • Ak185

          He’s pretty good. Not the best in the league, but he’s definitely better than the deal he got. For that money, you definitely keep your starter.

  2. secretsatan

    Enjoy the occasional brilliance followed by weeks and weeks of inactivity.

  3. TheFauxPasofCompentency

    Same old lions. New coach brings in players they know from their last gig. And yet the lions will still suck. When will they break this sad cycle?

    • htrab77

      Some will hate the SOL takes, but it beats the hell out of drinking the kool-aid and ignoring the repeated ineptitude coupled with the flagrant practice of signing, cashing in, and bailing, that players have been doing for ages now to this franchise. Honestly the Patricia/Quinn era was like 2 guys robbing a bank, they make it into the vault, then phone in their buddies to come and grab all the cash they can and then run out the door with them. How many ex-Pats/Quinn/Patricia connections did the Lions trade for or sign while those 2 were here; like 15-20? It was just so laughably obvious what the scam was.

      • lyingsfan

        Ahh yes, that’s what this signing is. The quinntricia era was full of signing young cheap players they were familiar with. I bet people roll their eyes when you walk in the room.

  4. thebluemeanie

    It’s never ceases to amaze me how many non-Lions fans make a point to comment on every move they make. It’s weird.

  5. Joe Ferguson

    Lions are the worst professional sports team. They will never be successful. I have no idea why they have any fans. Masochism?

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