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Lions agree to terms with CB Jacob Lacey; re-sign DT Andre Fluellen

Posted by ttwentyman on March 20, 2012 – 10:41 am

The Lions have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent cornerback Jacob Lacey, according to sources.

Lacey, 24, has started 27 games for the Colts over the last three seasons playing primarily left corner. He had 72 tackles and one interception in 15 games with the Colts last season.

Lacey visited the Lions’ Allen Park training facility last week after he wasn’t offered a restricted free agent tender by the Colts.

He will more than likely compete to fill the starting cornerback spot vacated by Eric Wright, who left after signing with the Buccaneers.

The Lions have also re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen to a one-year deal.

Last season, Fluellen had 11 tackles off the bench for the Lions. He appeared in 13 games and forced one fumble.

He’s been a valuable reserve for the Lions over the years because of his ability to play all four positions along the defensive line.

Fluellen was third-round pick by the Lions in 2008.


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28 Responses to “Lions agree to terms with CB Jacob Lacey; re-sign DT Andre Fluellen”

  1. By zdann64 on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    looks like the pieces are falling into place after a slow FA start for Detroit.

  2. By madison on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    lacey is a cool guy

  3. By Eddie Hiller on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Those were great signs.

  4. By THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    welcome back andre and welcome jacob…

  5. By MMLIONKING on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully, Kevin Smith will re-sign soon! Let’s show some appreciation for the kid’s efforts and desire. The running back rotation of Leshoure, Best and Smith would be awesome!!!

  6. By robert on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Is he the cornerback that we need to improve our defensive backfield?
    Let’s go back out there and get that corner that can push our only returning starter, for competition is a good thing

  7. By ShawnP on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    @Robert with the corners remaining in free agency, I dont think any of them is as good as houston to even compete for his spot. This is simply a move to add depth in our backfield and possibly compete for the other cb slot at a cheap price. Now hopefully we get a db in the draft that can compete as the #1 corner or even alabama’s safety, barron would give our backfield a big upgrade

  8. By ShawnP on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    I actually think this is a smart move with the options we had to work with.

  9. By Bort Reynolds on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions are definitely big winners in this year’s free agency. We’ve re-upped with our most important players (save Tulloch–who we’re still the front-runner to re-sign), locked up the biggest offensive weapon in the league #81 for 7 additional years, convinced multiple players to restructure their current deals, and the guys we are returning figure to grow and be for the most part even better than last year. Way to go boys in blue! Can’t wait for the draft!

    P.S. My money says there are still more free agent signings (maybe OJ) to come for us…

  10. By Jim on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    He isn’t a CB he’s just a defensive filler. I still think trading for Eagles CB Rodgers-Cromartie is the better choice in this situation.

  11. By Walt on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Good pick up on Lacey. They are only offering him a one year deal, he has some experience and can compete. The only thing that scares me if Lacey has an overachieving season and we offer a long term contract and it Busts!

  12. By JFITZ on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Just reported from profootballtalk.com that Tulloch just signed 5 year deal with the Lions.

  13. By fred on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    considering he didnt start for a whole seaon and had 1 pick in 2 years, I would say I’m far from doing back flips. but I am thrilled to see the Lions desperately striving to improve their secondary which needs the most work. Hopefully I’m proven wrong and the fact he has to compete for the spot will pressure him to perform better. Regardless, the players they grabbed this off season should hopefully get us to the big game.

  14. By Rick on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions have been saying from day one, that they’re not looking for big name free agents that want FAT salaries. They’re looking for quality players that fit their scheme. Just because Lacey didn’t show much with the Colts, doesn’t mean he can’t be a solid contributor for The Lions. Give the kid a chance to show what he can for US before you start begging for a “Rodgers-Cromartie”. Lewand, Mayhew and Coach Schwartz are patient men, TRUST THAT PATIENCE!

  15. By Daniel on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    This was a good signing but we can’t afford the corner from the eagles so we are going to draft stephon gilmore big corner from south carolina this guy is a monster we better take him if he is there watch the highlights!

  16. By HD on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with MMLIONKING I hope we resign Kevin Smith. I think we would have a great RB group.

  17. By Bob on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Liked his play last year, smart move to see how he does for one year…

  18. By donald on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    to rick i think we are the only ones that realize that lewand, mayhem and coach. has took an 0 and 16 team and turned it into a playoff team in just 3 years. they no what they are doing people these guys got what it takes to build a good team. just trust them and a super bowl trophy will rest in Detroit soon.

  19. By Hogfish on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Fluellen is needed to spel Avril. In the past, the draft picks put the Lions in the playoffs and lead the NFC North not the free agents. Both Avril and Fluellen have teamed well. Avril appears to be a little pricey; again I shake my head. Jacob, I did not hear to much of from what did hear as a weak defense. Wright was not that great. The Trio have a lot on their minds.

  20. By DISGRUNTLED WITH MAYHEW on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, consistently patient enough to neglect Stafford’s health, while ignoring the inept offensive line. They are horrible run blockers, and Mayhew will not be satisfied until Stafford’s blind side is collapsed again, and permanently finished. The truth of the fact is, the oline should,ve been addressed last year, but overrated Mayhew completely ignored it, in free agency, and the draft. He also ignored the woes of the defensive backfield. The Lions consistently have holes to fill, because this stubborn man drafts for needs. Nick Fairley is fat, and out of shape. New England’s pick was much lower than our’s….and it spelled instant impact……NATE SOLDER!!!! Solder was a wall for Brady! Some teams build from the trenches on out. Detroit builds with skilled positions first. Blame Mayhew for Stafford’s career almost being ruined in the first two years of his career because he was thrown out there with a pourous oline!!! That goes the same for the career of Jahvid Best. This is a fact. Almost every run that Best ran for over 5 yards came from a dump pass beyond the line of scrimmage. It takes years to groom an Nfl oline. We are waaaaay behind the 8 ball, and unfortunately, and I hope not, Stafford may be the one crying the consequences!!!!!

  21. By Eric on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Given the (lack of) pass rush from the Colts, Lacey’s numbers were bound to be unimpressive. I’m not pretending that this is a huge pickup – but he is a guy who fills a need that the Lions didn’t overpay for. The Buccaneers throwing 37.5 million at Eric Wright was a bad signing. This was a smart football move.

  22. By ttwentyman on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    I like both moves.
    Fluellen’s value is that he can play all four spots on the defensive line. We know how important that was last year with the suspension and injuries along the defensive front.
    I talked to a couple people outside the organization about Lacey and they said he’s a better player than the Colts gave him credit for. He adds depth right away and could compete for a starting spot. I think both moves fill need.
    What do you guys think?

  23. By Chris on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    What makes a good corner is not about how many interceptions he has, but how many passes defended successfully. Interceptions are secondary to the goal of pass defense. If you’re going to judge the kid on his stats, then post all his stats not just the one interception in two years. I know CB’s in the league that have a low interception count, not because they’re bad but because no one throws their way or they’re just defending and knocking down passes. Take a look at his passes defended, tackles, catches allowed and interceptions to judge him properly.

  24. By paul on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    Corners Corners and more Corners. We made Matt Flynn an $8 million dollar man, after 1 start. We need cover guys so the QB doesn’t get that easy payday

  25. By Chris Schram on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Has anyone watched the couple highlights Jacob Lacey has? When that dude gets the ball, he is going to the endzone. It looks like he fights for balls, and he is very fast. Lacey is going to be a GREAT addition. He could end up on the other side of Houstan. I personally hope he does. If you go by stats 40% of all interceptions he has had got to the house. Now he has only had 5 interceptions, and 2 Touchdowns. I’m just excited. I think we found a nice little steal.

  26. By Robert Williams on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    We need to trade for Samuels on the eagles. He can provided us with solid play at the corner position

  27. By Don on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    His Past Stats can change real fast in a good system also.
    and with what we have up front this guy Might run away with more enterceptions than he ever has.
    Attitude also, One thing about our 2ndry is that they have the right Attitude, Playing bigger than they are. I saw that happen with Houston, After he got here and got his Confidance where it needed to be he started showing up a lot more often.2ndry is about Attitude, being cocky but not too cocky.
    You never know who is goig to step up to that plate. Or position (:
    I was hoping that Amari spievey would get it last year.
    He never seemed to pull his head up and stop looking at the ground.
    But the guy has it, he just either does’nt know it yet or don’t believe it yet?
    Hopefully he will get it this year. He could be a nasty safety if he would change the way he looks at it. Or at least that’s that take i got from him.
    A lot of Ability,Looking at the ground. don’t get me wrong either, I like Amari and know that he has what he needs to take himself over the top, he just has to wake up to it.Well this year they will get more of a chance to gell before the season starts too. With being able to have camp and all.

  28. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Lacey is going to be good, believe me.

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