Don Carey is back in Detroit. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports (via Twitter) that the veteran defensive back has signed with the Lions. The team waived defensive end Eric Lee to clear a roster spot.
Carey bounced around the league after being selected in the sixth round during the 2009 draft. However, the Norfolk State product seemingly found a home in Detroit. After signing with the organization in 2011, Carey proceeded to play the next seven years for the organization. The 31-year-old served as mostly a backup and special teamer during his tenure with the Lions, including a 2017 campaign where he compiled nine tackles and one forced fumble in 13 games.
Carey signed with the Jaguars way back in March, but he was placed on injured reserve during the preseason. He was subsequently released by the organization, and he only garnered a single workout (with Detroit) back in September. Carey will likely slide to the bottom of the Lions cornerback depth chart behind Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, Teez Tabor, DeShawn Shead, and Mike Ford.
Lee appeared in five games for the Lions this season, compiling a pair of tackles. He actually started five of his six games with the Patriots in 2017, finishing with 19 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two passes defended, a safety, and an interception. He also appeared in all three postseason games for New England.
September 29th, 2018 at 5:25pm CST by Sam Robinson
Eric Lee landed on his third practice squad in as many years when the Lions stashed him on theirs after the Patriots deemed the edge defender unworthy of a roster spot after the preseason. But Lee will return to a 53-man roster this week.
The Lions promoted Lee to their active roster on Saturday and will waive offensive lineman Andrew Donnal to make room, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press tweets.
Lee spent his rookie year on the Texans’ practice squad and was on the Bills’ 10-man taxi unit in 2017 before the Patriots added him to their active roster. The Pats used Lee as a starter in five games during their most recent AFC title season, and he made a bit of an impact. Lee registered 3.5 sacks for the Pats last season. He also played in all three of New England’s playoff games.
Detroit will once again be without Ziggy Ansah, who has missed the past two games because of a shoulder injury. However, Ansah remains on the active roster. The Lions clearly hope their top defensive end will be able to suit up again soon.
Donnal spent time on the Rams’ and Ravens’ active rosters from 2015-17, starting six games in St. Louis and Los Angeles from 2015-16. He did not play in a Lions game this season.
November 21st, 2017 at 4:46pm CST by Zachary Links
The Patriots have released defensive end Cassius Marsh. The move did not come with much warning, though Marsh played just two snaps against the Raiders on Sunday. To take his place, the Patriots have signed fellow DE Eric Lee off of the Bills’ practice squad.
The Patriots acquired defensive end Marsh from the Seahawks in September. In the deal, New England shipped a fifth-round pick and the seventh-round pick it already acquired from Seattle in exchange for sending cornerback Justin Coleman back to the Seahawks. Marsh was expected to provide depth at defensive end as well as special teams help, but his role dwindled over time. In nine games with the Pats, he recorded 16 total tackles and one sack.
He is signed through the year at an affordable rate of $690K, so he would be a low-cost addition for another club on waivers.