Lions sign Artose Pinner

The Detroit Lions have signed fourth-round draft choice Artose Pinner of the University of Kentucky. The 99th overall pick from last April becomes the third pick to sign. Pinner signed with the Lions in mid-July.

Pinner, who carried the UK offense during the 2002 season, could contribute in the Lions offense early on in his pro career.

The contract for Pinner spans three-years, and is worth approximately $1.25 million including a $336,250 signing bonus. The base salaries consist of $225,000 for his rookie season, $305,000 next season, and $380,000 in the final year. A little more than $337,000 will tag Detroit's salary cap.

Pinner becomes the third pick from last April's draft to sign with the Detroit franchise. In his senior season, Pinner set the SEC on fire with his running and cutting while carrying the football.

Selected 99th overall last April, the University of Kentucky product has had his share of injury problems. A leg injury forced Pinner to miss mini-camp earlier this year. Pinner gave Kentucky a double threat as he came out of the backfield full-throttle and also caught Jared Lorenzen-thrown passes.

Pinner was All-Conference as a senior with the Wildcats, and carried the ball 283 times for 1,414 yards, including 13 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged five yards per carry on his way to the 13 scoring runs.

Staying healthy will be the key to the former Wildcat and his success in the NFL and pro football.

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