Lions Ink TE Stephen Alexander

Lions Ink TE Stephen Alexander

In effort to provide starting quarterback Joey Harrington with yet another viable receiving target, the Detroit Lions came to terms with free-agent tight end Stephen Alexander.

In effort to provide starting quarterback Joey Harrington with yet another viable receiving target, the Detroit Lions came to terms with free-agent tight end Stephen Alexander.

Alexander signed a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. Alexander's base salary will be $625,000, and included a $600,000 signing bonus.

The Lions have had Alexander on their radar for the past several weeks, but were able to finalize the deal on Wednesday.

Alexander, 28, was a second-round pick by Washington in 1998, and spent the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Last year, he played in just three games after suffering a season-ending groin injury, which is perhaps the only knock on the soft-handed, Oklahoma product. Alexander also missed seven games in 2001 due to a leg injury.

If the Lions can keep Alexander healthy, Harrington will have a dependable tight end to add to an already stellar receiving core.

NOTES: With the Alexander signing, the Lions have given tight end Mikhael Ricks permission to speak with other teams, likely seeking a trade. The Lions will attempt to restructure Ricks' current contract, but if a trade or restructure is not possible, he will likely be released.

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