Lions Sign Cornerback R.W. McQuarters

Former Bears' cornerback/return man latches on with Detroit with one-year contract.

According to an ESPN report, the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with former Bears' defensive back R.W. McQuarters. The deal spans one-year and is worth $1.6 million.

The Lions have courted McQuarters, 28, since his surprise release by Chicago last month. Just a week ago, the former Mariucci and Dick Jauron-coached product visited with Detroit, but continued on a tour that included stops in Minnesota, New York (Giants), Miami and Washington.

The value that McQuarters brings to Detroit is versatility. The former first-round pick could compete with veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant to play opposite Pro Bowler Dre' Bly. Bryant had a disappointing season in 2004, and his job as a starter is not guaranteed. However, the athletic McQuarters played safety last season, and is fully capable as an NFL return man -- where current starter Eddie Drummond's health has fluctuated.

Entering his eight season as a pro, McQuarters spent two years with Steve Mariucci in San Francisco and four under Dick Jauron -- the current Lions' defensive coordinator -- in Chicago.

The deal likely voids any chance the team will sign free-agent cornerback Ty Law. Detroit expressed a strong interest in the former Michigan standout, but McQuarters' ability to play multiple positions -- and clean bill of health -- trumped the push for a still hobbled Law.

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