Lions sign Kenoy Kennedy to new contract

Safety inks deal with five-year, $14 million deal with $4.3 signing bonus.

ALLEN PARK - Adam Schefter of the Denver Post and the NFL Network has just informed Lions insider Mike Fowler that the Detroit Lions have come to contract terms with Denver safety Kenoy Kennedy.

According to Schefter, the deal includes a $4.3 million signing bonus additionally Lions Insider Mike Fowler has learned that the deal is a five-year, $14 million deal.

Earlier in the day, the team signed free-agent tight end Marcus Pollard.

Kennedy is the top free agent safety in the market and immediately solidifies the Lions secondary. Kennedy is expected to team with third year player Terrence Holt or incumbent Brock Marion to give the Lions a much improved secondary over a season ago.

Detroit hopes that Kennedy's physical play won't keep him off the field for the Lions in 2005. Kennedy has a history of being fined and has even been suspended for a game for hits on receivers including one on Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts.

Still, Detroit believes they have filled one of the biggest holes on their roster with the signing and that it gives them improved flexibility heading into the NFL draft.

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