Lions strike deal with Big Daddy

Dan Wilkinson

The Detroit Lions upgraded their defensive line on Sunday, reaching a four-year deal with former Redskins' defensive tackle Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson.

The Detroit Lions upgraded their defensive line on Sunday, reaching a four-year deal with former Redskins' defensive tackle Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson.

The deal is believed to average around $1 million for the first two seasons, with the last two back-loaded. It is also rumored to include heavy incentives if Wilkinson performs well.

A former No. 1 overall pick in 1994, Wilkinson has never reached the potential many believe he had coming out of Ohio State. After spending his first four years in Cincinnati, Wilkinson was traded to Washington in 1998. He was released in early August due to a contract dispute with the Redskins.

The 6'4, 325 pound former Buckeye will likely serve as a replacement for the injured Luther Elliss (torn pectoral), whose job security may be in jeopardy with the signing of Wilkinson and the strong play of third-round pick Cory Redding.

Wilkinson will likely start practicing with the team on Tuesday.

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