Michigan roundup: Wide receiver Chark reportedly targeted Lions outside of organization

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While still dealing with retaining players from the 2021 roster, the Detroit Lions appear to have finally jumped into the free agent market.

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The Lions reached a one-year deal with receiver DJ Chark for a guaranteed $10 million. Teams aren’t allowed to officially announce free agent signings until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Chark, 25, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019 for the Jacksonville Jaguars after recording 73 catches for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns.

However, the 6-foot-4, 198-pound wide receiver, who was a second-round pick by Jacksonville in 2018, has missed 16 games with injuries over the past two seasons and was limited to four games in 2021 due to an injury. an ankle fracture.

The Lions officially announced on Tuesday that safety Tracy Walker has agreed to a new three-year contract. The Lions’ third-round pick in 2018, Walker led Detroit with 108 tackles in 2021.

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Additionally, the club announced that center Evan Brown has been signed for the 2022 season. He has appeared in 16 games for the Lions in 2021 and made 12 starts.

The Lions also reportedly brought back defensive end Charles Harris to a two-year contract for $14.

A former Miami Dolphins first-round pick in 2017, Harris signed a one-year contract with the Lions in 2021 and started 14 games for the team after Romeo Okwara suffered a season-ending injury. He had 10 tackles for a loss, recorded 7 1/2 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles.

Tigers sign veterans

The Detroit Tigers signed right-hander Chase Anderson and catcher Ryan Lavarnway to minor league contracts on Tuesday with a spring training invite.

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Anderson, 34, kicked off eight Major League seasons, making 190 appearances and 176 starts between Arizona (2014-15), Milwaukee (2016-19), Toronto (2020) and Philadelphia (2021).

Last season, Anderson appeared in 14 games for Philadelphia and made nine starts. He had a 6.75 ERA with 20 walks and 35 strikeouts in 48 innings and was released in August.

Lavarnway, 34, played for eight teams in 10 seasons at the majors and spent time with Boston (2011-14), Baltimore (2015), Atlanta (2015), Oakland (2017), Pittsburgh ( 2018), Cincinnati (2019), Miami (2020) and Cleveland (2021).

Right-handed hitter Lavarnway has never appeared in more than 47 Major League games in a season and over 165 career games has an average of .217 with nine homers and 50 runs driven.

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Lions add picks

The Detroit Lions received three offset picks in next month’s NFL Draft on Tuesday.

Compensatory selections are based on players won and lost the previous season. In 2021, Detroit lost receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, running back Jamal Agnew, linebacker Jarrad Davis and kicker Matt Prater while adding running back Jamaal Williams and Breshad Perriman, who was eventually released.

Based on the calculations, Detroit picked up an additional pick at the end of the third round (97th overall), another in the fifth round (177th overall) as well as one in the sixth round (217 overall).

The Lions now have eight picks in the seven-round draft with three picks in the top 34 selections and five in the top 100.

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