Detroit Lions Secure C.J. Moore on a Two-Year Deal, Other Player’s Futures Uncertain
The Detroit Lions continue to prioritize their special teams, retaining standout safety C.J. Moore with a two-year, $4.5 million contract, as reported by NFL Network. The deal includes $3 million fully guaranteed and an additional $1.25 million in potential incentives. Moore, a key component of the Lions’ top-tier special teams unit, is set to make a significant impact in the 2023 season.
A Consistent Force in Special Teams
Since joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Ole Miss in 2019, Moore has played an integral role in the Lions’ kicking game. Despite participating in only 11 games last season, he ranked fourth in special teams tackles with seven and fifth in snaps. The Lions initially released Moore due to an injury settlement, but they quickly re-signed him from the Houston Texans’ practice squad in October.
As personal protector for punter Jack Fox, Moore was instrumental in converting two fake punts last season with impressive runs of 13 and 42 yards.
Special Teams Standouts Return
Moore, who recently met with the New England Patriots during free agency, is the second special teams star to re-sign with the Lions in recent days. The team also renewed kicker Michael Badgley’s contract with a one-year deal on Friday.
The Lions still have two core special teams players from last season among their remaining free agents: linebacker Josh Woods and cornerback Bobby Price. They did, however, lose linebacker Chris Board, who signed with the Patriots.
Other Players’ Futures Uncertain
Wide receiver DJ Chark and cornerback Mike Hughes have yet to sign new deals, but there is speculation around the league that Chark may return to the Lions after encountering a lukewarm receiver market in free agency.
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