On March 10, the Lions announced the signing of free agent cornerback Jonathan Wade, who spent the previous three seasons of his career with the St. Louis Rams where he was drafted in third round (84th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
For Wade, Detroit offers a fresh start and an exciting opportunity.
Wade on signing with Detroit: “A great opportunity was here. I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff after meeting with them Monday morning. The vibe I was searching for was definitely present.
“A vibe of honestly; (their) only purpose is to win games, to find a way to win games and (they) want people who firmly believe that they’re going to turn everything around and start winning games.”
Over the span of 47 career games, including six starts, Wade has recorded 47 tackles (42 solo), 2 interceptions, 7 pass defenses and 23 special teams tackles.
As a player who can contribute on both defense and special teams, Wade is looking to make an impact in any area that he can – but is aiming for a starting spot.
Wade: “I’m coming here to fight for a starting position, no matter what. I’m not coming here just trying to make the team. At the end of the day, you do what you are; you want to make the team, you want to have a job at the end of the day. But beyond that, I want to start on this team; I want to be a part of this team turning it around and going to the Super Bowl. I want to be a very strong part of that.”
On his visit, Wade got a good feel for the Lions’ defensive philosophy from defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham – and that got him excited to be a part of it.
Wade: “I guess everybody that plays defense wants a hard-nosed defense. But at the same time, they like animals; someone who’s going to go out there and just become an animal. After talking to Coach Gunther, I really get the sense that he’s a very exciting coach and he really got my blood flowing. I felt a good sense of honesty because he bleeds honesty and I felt that looking into his eyes and listening to him speak – I felt that he’s going to find a way to win, and not just win, he’s going to find a way to dominate and destroy. All of that is how I think.”
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