Lions sign draft picks, and a whole mess of undrafted free agents

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Below is a list of the recent signings by the Detroit Lions.

TE Preston Dial is the notable signing from the undrafted FA list. 6-3 / 237lbs, in 2010 he caught 25 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns … averaged 10.6 yards per catch and 20.3 yards per game and played an integral role in the run, acting as Lead blocker for Alabama’s rushing duo. He is considered an excellent blocker with good hands and versatility.

Notably missing from this list is big man DT Nick Fairley – Watch for that signing soon.

According to Det News:

“I don’t really know what to expect,” he said of the NFL. “I just have to get in and hopefully things go my way.”

Fairley, however, can’t take the field for Friday’s first practice without a contract, something he said the Lions and his agent, Brian Overstreet, are working hard to get done.

“I’m leaving all that up to my agent, but I’m sure they’re going to get it done real fast whenever the time comes,” Fairley said. “I just can’t wait to get started. I feel like it will be done.”

If it isn’t, it’ll cost Fairley and other rookies $30,000 per day, the league mandated fine for rookie holdouts.

From The Detroit News:


The Detroit Lions have signed the following Selected Draft Choices:

Culbreath, Johnny OL South Carolina State
Hogue, Doug LB Syracuse
LeShoure, Mikel RB Illinois
Young, Titus WR Boise State

The Detroit Lions have signed the following undrafted free agents:

Akra, Daunte LB Wayne State
Bufford, Branden DB Howard
Davie, Quentin LB Northwestern
Dial, Preston TE Alabama
Donahue, Ryan P Iowa
Fulghum, DeJuan LB Texas Southern
Harris, Marcus WR Murray State
Illig, Pat OL Wofford
Jenkins, Jared WR Wisconsin Stevens Pt
Maddux, Jeff OL Central Michigan
Mixon, Cobrani LB Kent State
Silva, Ricardo DB Hampton
Williams, Narada DE Fort Valley State


Full List of FA signings as of 6:57pm 07/28/11

Pos Player FA Status Previous Team Current Team
QB Drew Stanton Re-signed Detroit Lions Detroit Lions
WR Rashied Davis Signed Chicago Bears Detroit Lions
PK Dave Rayner Re-signed Detroit Lions Detroit Lions
LB Justin Durant Signed Jacksonville Jaguars Detroit Lions
CB Nate Vasher Re-signed Detroit Lions Detroit Lions
SS Erik Coleman Signed Atlanta Falcons Detroit Lions
FS John Wendling Re-signed Detroit Lions Detroit Lions


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