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Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com
According to a Detroit radio station report, the Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Johnnie Morton and signed Packers' free-agent wide receiver Bill Shroeder.
Morton was due a $1 million signing bonus on Friday, and was rumored to be extremely unhappy with a stalled negotiation process that was supposed to extend his current one-year contract.
Shroeder visited with Detroit on Tuesday, and was briefly affiliated with Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg with the Packers, whom he has spent his entire career with. Shroeder, 6'3, 205, caught 53 passes last season for 9 touchdowns.
Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, although it is believed to be a multi-year contract.
"We ... believe that this will aid in the potential to sign Johnnie to a longer-term deal," Sr. VP Bill Keenist was quoted in a press release.
If a new deal with Morton cannot be reached, the move also opens the possibility of the team signing Buccaneers' free-agent running back Warrick Dunn. Earlier reports stated that Detroit had dropped out of the pursuit of Dunn, and would have to either cut Morton or running back James Stewart if they wished to sign the former Florida State star.
The Lions have re-signed offensive tackle Matt Joyce and defensive back Lamar Campbell.