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Paul Wezner - LionsFans.com
The Detroit Lions felt that this off-season's biggest priority was to add playmakers on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. On Thursday, the Lions accomplished one-half of that goal, agreeing to terms with WR Az-Zahir Hakim.
Hakim signed a 5-year deal worth $16 million, including a signing bonus of $5.25
Hakim spent the past 3 seasons as the 3rd receiver for the St. Louis Rams and their high powered offense. However, because of salary cap restraints and Hakim's salary demands, the Rams were forced to look in a new direction for their 3rd Wideout.
So, with Hakim's speed and ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, he became a natural fit for the Lions and Head Coach Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast Offense. The 5' 10", 178 lb. Hakim will be the Lions #2 receiver, paired up with WR Johnnie Morton.
No word yet on how this will affect the Lions and WR Germane Crowell, who was the starter opposite Morton this season until a torn tendon ended his season prematurely. However, if Crowell returns, it would be as the team's third receiver.
Meanwhile the Lions continue their pursuit of other free agents.
FS Brock Marion could be close to making a decision, and the Lions are still looking at RB Warrick Dunn as well as numerous Tight Ends. The Lions have also had discussions with the agent of CB Duane Starks, but Starks' asking price is much higher than what the Lions are willing to pay.