Detroit Lions bring back Jalen Reeves-Maybin

According to his agent, Brian McLaughlin, Jalen Reeves-Maybin has agreed on a deal with the Detroit Lions. Reeves-Maybin, who is now 28 years old, was originally selected by the Lions in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. During his four years in the Motor City, Reeves-Maybin played in 70 games (14 starts), picking up 123 total tackles. After leaving Detroit following the 2021 season, he signed with the Houston Texans. During the 2022 season, Reeves-Maybin played in 17 games (0 starts), primarily on special teams, and he had a total of 15 tackles. With Chris Board leaving the Lions in free agency, the thought is that Reeves-Maybin could fill his role.

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Key Points:

  • Jalen Reeves-Maybin has agreed to return to the Detroit Lions, the team that originally drafted him in 2017.
  • During his time in Detroit, he played in 70 games and had 123 total tackles.
  • Reeves-Maybin is expected to fill the role left by Chris Board, who departed from the Lions during free agency.

Why it Matters for Jalen Reeves-Maybin and the Detroit Lions

During his final year with the Lions, Reeves-Maybin was named as a special teams captain by head coach, Dan Campbell. Chris Board was a special teams ace with the Lions and with him leaving, a hole was created. You can bet the Lions are hoping Reeves-Maybin can step in and fill that role. He joins Alex Anzalone, Malcolm Rodriguez, Derrick Barnes, and Anthony Pittman as the linebackers who are currently under contract with the Lions for the 2023 season. Contract details for Reeves-Maybin have not been made public at this time.

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Bottom Line: JRM is back where his NFL career began

Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin is returning to the Detroit Lions after agreeing to a deal, according to his agent. The 28-year-old was originally selected by the Lions in the 2017 NFL Draft and played in 70 games with 123 total tackles during his time in Detroit. After leaving for the Houston Texans in 2021, Reeves-Maybin played in 17 games primarily on special teams, and he is expected to fill the void left by Chris Board's departure. The Lions currently have five linebackers under contract, and the details of Reeves-Maybin's contract have not yet been disclosed.

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