Lions ink RB Bryson to one-year deal

The Detroit Lions have signed former Buffalo Bills' running back Shawn Bryson, according to Lions' insider Mike Fowler. Mike breaks down the signing of the third-year player, including how Bryson will likely be used in head coach Steve Mariucci's offense.

(ALLEN PARK) - LionsFans.com has learned that the Detroit Lions have signed three year veteran running back Shawn Bryson (6, 1", 228-lbs), an unrestricted free agent, to a one-year deal with terms undisclosed. It is believed that Bryson's deal is an incentive laden one at or above the veteran minimum.

Detroit believes that Bryson will be completely healed from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that limited him to just six games with the Buffalo Bills in 2002. Bryson had his best season as a rookie out of Tennessee rushing for 591 yards on 161 carries including back-to-back one hundred yard rushing games vs Atlanta and New York, both on the road.

The move should solidify the Lions offensive backfield and give Detroit a veteran backup to starter James Stewart. Orignally a third-round selection of the Bills, Detroit reportedly had been pursuing Bryson for over a year through trade.

The Lions will use him frequently in the same manner Lions coach Steve Mariucci used two back in his offense in San Francisco. Detroit outdueled the Kansas City Chiefs for the services of the 26-year old veteran.


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