Lions agree to terms with TE Mikhael Ricks


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Just one week after losing free-agent tight end David Sloan to New Orleans, the Detroit Lions have found his replacement.

According to reports, the team has agreed to a one-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs reserve TE Mikhael Ricks. The contract is worth a reported $550,000, including a $25,000 signing bonus.

Last year, the 6-foot-5 Ricks did a solid job in backing up All Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez, catching 18 passes for 252 yards.

Ricks, 27, was a 59th overall draft selection by the San Diego Chargers in 1998. He is noted for his speed and athleticism, but not for his blocking skills. The former Stephen F. Austin St. standout enjoyed his most productive season in 1999 with the Chargers, tallying 40 receptions for 429 yards.

The Lions also re-signed linebacker Clint Kriewaldt.

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