Detroit Lions to sign tight end Luke Willson


The Detroit Lions have added tight end Luke Willson after releasing Eric Ebron earlier this month.

Willson, 28, didn't immediately say where he is going play next.

Willson, who last season was the lone remaining member of the 11-man draft class of 2013, took visits to Carolina, Jacksonville and Detroit after officially becoming an unrestricted free agent a week ago Wednesday. But as one might expect for a 26- and 27-year-old tight end who's a firm No. 2 behind a newly arriving superstar, Willson wasn't quite given the chance to reach his full potential. There should be more opportunity in Detroit.

In 72 career National Football League games, the 6-5, 252 pounder has 37 starts, 89 receptions, 1129 yards & 11 touchdowns.

"I'm on a totally different team and I have nothing to say about the organization", he said during a conference call with Indianapolis reporters. Now it appears that Vannett will become the first option. He played all 16 games for the Seahawks last season but was once again not much of a factor in the receiving game. He caught just 15 passes previous year, but four scored touchdowns.

He spent most of the last five years serving as Seattle's No. 2 tight end. Willson would be the fifth UFA to sign elsewhere this year while Seattle has signed four. It helped ensure the overtime period that day in which Seattle won and advanced to Super Bowl 49. But chances are Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril will not be playing in Seattle in 2018 either. Sharing the field with you has been an honor, I am truly grateful.