Lions To Re-Sign CB Emmanuel Moseley

The Lions are giving Emmanuel Moseley another chance. Seeing ACL tears in back-to-back years sidetrack his career, the veteran cornerback will not hit free agency next week.

Moseley agreed to terms on a one-year deal to stay in Detroit,’s Adam Schefter tweets. Part of a Lions secondary overhaul last year, Moseley encountered hurdles making it back from his 2022 ACL tear. Another tear then took place in October, but the Lions will give the former 49ers starter a shot to rehab again and make an impact in Detroit.

On a day flooded with franchise tag news, the Lions will take what amounts to a flier on a player they coveted last year. Detroit gave Moseley a one-year, $6MM deal in 2023. GM Brad Holmes had said the team would not have been able to have afforded the ex-San Francisco starter had he not gotten injured midway through the ’22 campaign. Moseley’s second Lions pact is likely close to the veteran minimum.

Although Detroit activated Moseley off its PUP list before roster-cutdown day last year, the free agency addition underwent a second knee procedure last summer and was viewed as a long shot to start the year on time. Making his debut in Week 5, Moseley went down after just two plays. The 27-year-old defender joined Cameron Sutton, C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Brian Branch as Lions newcomers. More struggles ensued in coverage, and the Lions are expected to pursue more CB help in free agency. Gardner-Johnson is unsigned days away from free agency.

The 49ers used Moseley as a regular starter. He replaced Ahkello Witherspoon as the team’s Richard Sherman sidekick late in the 2019 season, which ended in Super Bowl LIV. The 49ers then re-signed Moseley to a two-year, $9.38MM deal in 2021. Moseley started 33 games with San Francisco, including 11 during a 2021 season that ended in the NFC championship game.

The 5-foot-11 cover man allowed passer ratings — as the closest defender in coverage — of 65.6 and 66.9 in 2021 and ’22. Pro Football Focus also viewed the young defender well, ranking him just outside the top 30 in both 2019 and ’21. The Lions will see if he can recapture that form after another round of rehab.

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