Lions Ink WR Bradford

Lions Ink WR Bradford

According to an ESPN report, the Detroit Lions have signed former Texans' wide receiver Corey Bradford to a four-year deal, worth approximately $7.5 million.

According to an ESPN report, the Detroit Lions have signed former Texans' wide receiver Corey Bradford to a four-year deal, worth approximately $7.5 million.

It includes a $2 million signing bonus.

Bradford, a former pupil of Lions' receivers coach Kippy Brown in Houston, was primarily the third receiver behind Andre Johnson and Jabar Gaffney. Last year, he hauled in 34 receptions (third on the team) for 492 yards for a 12.8 per catch average, but led all receivers with five touchdowns.

An eight-year NFL veteran, Bradford spent the first four years of his career with Green Bay, becoming a long-ball favorite of quarterback Brett Favre. In 1999 and 2001, he averaged over 17-yards per reception.

Bradford's most productive campaign was during the 2002 season, his first as a Texan, as he tallied a career best 45 catches for 697 yards and six touchdowns.

The signing of Bradford makes the future of troubled Lions' receiver Charles Rogers a little less certain, and all but ensures that the team will not re-sign veteran Kevin Johnson, who missed the second half of the 2005 season with an achilles injury.

Detroit now enlists Roy Williams, Rogers, Bradford, former No. 10 overall pick Mike Williams, Scottie Vines, Glenn Martinez and Paris Hamilton as receivers under contract.

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