After losing 13 games during the regular season, the Detroit Lions didn't take any chances on losing one of their most productive players.
On Friday, the team came to terms with free-agent tight end Mikhael Ricks on a three-year deal.
Ricks caught 27 passes for 339 yards, including three touchdowns in 2002, and would've been considered an attractive free-agent come mid-February. He led all NFL tight end's in yards-per-catch.
Ricks, 28, became one of rookie quarterback Joey Harrington's favorite targets during a season that witnessed poor play ad injuries within the receiving core. The 6'5, six-year veteran replaced an unproductive David Sloan following the 2001 season, and despite slowing down during the end of the year (mainly due to injuries), he remained a consistent receiving threat.