Lions sign veteran cornerback

Detroit announced on Sunday that it had placed cornerback Chris Watson on injured reserve list, freeing a spot on the roster. In conjunction with that move, Detroit also signed free agent corner Alex Molden, formerly of San Diego, Washington and New Orleans. Molden will help shore up a secondary that was shredded by Cardinals' quarterback Jeff Blake on Sunday.

(DETROIT) -- Detroit announced on Sunday that it had placed cornerback Chris Watson on injured reserve list, freeing a spot on the roster. In conjunction with that move, Detroit also signed free agent corner Alex Molden, formerly of San Diego, Washington and New Orleans.

Molden worked out for several teams before coming to Detroit along with veteran Otis Smith last week for a workout. Detroit immediately signed Smith, but not Molden. Then word leaked that Detroit had reached an agreement in principle with Molden, but needed to find some salary cap room to avoid being hamstrung in case of an emergency.

Another factor in the delay is that any vested veteran on a team's roster as of September 8th will receive 100% "termination pay" if he is released any time during the 2003 regular season. By delaying the signing, Detroit would only responsible for the pro-rated portion of his contract based on the numbers of games he is actually on their roster.

It was readily apparent Detroit needed help in the secondary. Jimmy Wyrick struggled to stick with rookie Anquan Boldin who torched the Lions secondary with 10 catches for 217 yards receiving.

Molden signed a six-year $16.1 million free agent deal with San Diego two seasons ago and received a $200,000 signing bonus last season to sign with Washington before being released this off-season. Molden had three interceptions last year.

His deal in Detroit is expected to be for the veteran minimum.

LionsReport.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets