Lions agree to terms with CFL'er Perry Carter


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In another attempt to further solidify its defensive secondary, the Detroit Lions added yet another defensive back on Thursday.

According to The Edmonton Sun, the Lions have agreed to terms with Edmonton Eskimos free-agent cornerback Perry Carter. The deal with likely pay Carter the league minimum of right around $500,000, although the two sides are "crunching numbers" according to Carter.

"The only holdup is them and (agent Gil Scott) getting on the same page," Carter told the Sun. "After that, I'll just be signing."

Carter, 30, is an impressive prospect for Detroit mainly due to his athleticism. In his Mississippi High School, Carter managed to be garner All-State awards at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. The six-foot-one, 195-pound CFL veteran was also a 100-meter standout at Southern Mississippi.

Carter was originally a 4th round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994, but has been in and out of the league ever since.

Last season, after returning from a horrific leg break in 2000, Carter tallied 24 tackles and four passes defensed. His injury, which required an intense surgery including a metal plate and screws, will be televised a Fox Sports program titled, "You Gotta See This!"

Carter seemed excited about signing with Detroit.

"They let just about everybody in the secondary go, especially all their safeties," Carter said. "They said they wanted some speed back there. They've freed up a lot of money and they haven't signed anybody.

"Once I sign the deal, I'll be heading up there to do the off-season program and then getting ready for the mini-camps."

Earlier in the week, the Lions signed unrestricted free-agent safety Corey Harris away from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has completely revamped defensively this off-season, and has no plans of slowing down.

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