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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