Lions sign tight end Marcus Pollard to 3-year deal

The Detroit Lions are expected to hold a media briefing this afternoon to announce the signing of former Indianapolis Colts tight end Marcus Pollard.

ALLEN PARK - The Detroit Lions are expected to hold a media briefing this afternoon to announce the signing of former Indianapolis Colts tight end Marcus Pollard.

ESPN reports that the Lions and Pollard agreed to a three-year, $6 million contract with a $2.3 signing bonus. Pollard, 33, gives the Lions a pass catching specialist at the tight end position, a weapon they have lacked in the West Coast offense.

A ten-year veteran from Bradley, the Colts felt they had younger players on the roster who could give them similar production at a lower price. Last season's 29 catch total was his lowest in six seasons. Pollard became expendable in the light of the emergence of former Iowa star Dallas Clark and Ohio State rookie Ben Hartsock.

Still, the move is an upgrade because Lions quarterback Joey Harrington was never able to get into a comfort zone with Stephen Alexander, a former pro bowl caliber tight end, who was unable to reclaim his old form in Detroit.

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