Jefferson is scheduled to fly into Detroit early next week to sign the agreement and begin taking part in the Lions off season conditioning program. A 12-year veteran, Jefferson spent most of his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and most recently was an Atlanta Falcon. He was released early this off season as a salary cap casualty.
Jefferson had his career best game vs the Pittsburgh Steelers last season catching nine balls for 137 yards and a touchdown. Last season he totaled 27 catches for 394 yards and one touchdown for the Falcons. Over his career the 5' 11", 185-pound Jefferson has started 127 games with 464 career receptions for 6,977 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Detroit will be the fourth stop in the veteran's career having also logged time in San Diego and New England. The main attraction for Detroit appears to be the need for a consistent veteran presence in their corps. Last season, Bill Schroeder, who was counted on heavily, was often injured and was inconsistent when he did suit up. Az-Zahir Hakim suffered a season ending hip injury and Detroit was forced to go with a shoestring unit.
The 34-year old receiver played his college ball at Central Florida.