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Lions agree to terms with DE Braylon Broughton

Posted by ttwentyman on June 5, 2013 – 2:16 pm

The Detroit Lions continue to stay busy when it comes to tinkering with their 90-man roster.

The team agreed to terms on a new contract with defensive end Braylon Broughton on Wednesday.

The team released defensive end Robert Maci to make room for Broughton on the roster.

The Lions claimed Broughton off waivers last month after the New Orleans Saints released him, but subsequently released him when his physical was unsatisfactory. The Lions brought him back this week and he’s obviously passed the physical this time around.

Broughton, (6-6, 272) has been on the Lions radar for a couple years now. He had a pre-draft visit with the Lions before the 2012 NFL Draft, but entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of TCU.

He appeared in 40 games in college with 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two fumble recoveries.

He spent all of last season on New Orleans’ practice squad.

Broughton will join a group of defensive ends that includes: Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, Jason Jones, Willie Young, Ronnell Lewis, Devin Taylor, Freddie Bishop, and Spencer Nealy.

Note: The team announced Wednesday that it has released receiver Lance Long to make room for receiver Matt Willis, whom the Lions signed Tuesday.


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11 Responses to “Lions agree to terms with DE Braylon Broughton”

  1. By little on Jun 5, 2013 | Reply

    Would love to see some reps for Ronnell and Travis Lewis this year! They were both blue-chippers at Oklahoma and I feel that they bring alot of skill and ferocity to our D. Ronnell is a little under-sized but does he ever bring the wood when he tackles.

  2. By Rebelyankee on Jun 5, 2013 | Reply

    I’ll be shocked if any DE but Ansah – Jones – Young and Taylor see the field for games once the season starts unless there is injury :-)

  3. By Clarence on Jun 5, 2013 | Reply

    I really wanted the lions to draft him last year. But whats important is they have him know. BTW anytime you can get a 6’6 270lbs DE that runs in the 4.5 to 4.6 range with the system the lions run its a very good day. I don’t think people really understand how good this Lions D-line is going to be this year.

  4. By Ken on Jun 6, 2013 | Reply

    Never stop looking for talent and upgrades. This is how teams get better. More bodies means more competition.

  5. By Don on Jun 6, 2013 | Reply

    Yes I love the Way that Martin Mayhew is all way’s looking to improve the Roster.
    I have heard a lot of complaining about Mayhew thru the winter and I realy do not understand why? The Man is all way’s at work doing what he can to improve this rooster. And no matter what the Team ended up like last year I do not believe that It really should be blamed on him or the coaching staff.
    I also wish that everyone would chill out about the Offensive line, It is great to have a new young offensive line. Yes it may have it’s problems, but it also may not, Thru the years I have seen teams that were very young coming out for the season and have also seen those young TEAMS in the playoffs.
    If we want the offensive line bigger stronger faster smarter then we have to let that happen and that means they have to go out on that field and play! To be Honest I believe that we may be looking at the best offensive line that we have had since the liones were winning Championships back in the 50′s! Stop picking them apart and try to have some faith.
    As far as Delmas and Quin getting to know about how each other react or play on the Field, It might be a good Idea for both of them to start watching a LOT of tape on each other from past season’s. I am really looking forward to this season, However I am hoping that is not what People think that Mayhew and Schwartz have to Win the Division this year or make it into the playoffs just to save their jobs Even though that is what I believe is going to happen with this TEAM!Wining! THIS YEAR!
    With this Team being SO YOUNG, as everyone just can’t seem to stop thinking about. Which I believe could be the Reason that this TEAM WILL Do so GOOD this year. I am Looking forward to this season and the Next Ten years of Football seasons With what is Now A young team. Yes we May win right away and keep on winning or This Team will play together and Just keep Getting Better and Better and Better Year after Year after year.
    The thing is that This TEAM IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK!
    And our LIONS Are going to Get there! The Superbowl! And the Win also!
    I LOVE THIS TEAM! GO LIONS!

  6. By TJ on Jun 10, 2013 | Reply

    Aww, they released the ‘Vanilla Gorilla’. I liked hearing about his intensity in training camp last year.

  7. By deacon on Jun 11, 2013 | Reply

    I like his size. He could be future De. We lost out on Sedrick Ellis! What about Amobi Okoye as our forth DT?

  8. By "Ole Dan" Zuverink on Jun 12, 2013 | Reply

    Great fans, Ken & Don, I agree with you both! GO LIONS 2013, WIN game One<then 2.

  9. By Black Wolf Standing on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    We have a 90 man roster right now. Thru training camp, we’ll be looking for people to cut. We’ll be looking for people to keep. But we will have to say bye to 37 men. More than likely, it will be people we sign between now and final cut down day. But that is how you search for those diamonds in the rough. You have to look at every bad stone. Scrape a little off the surface in training camp. And see if there is anything good underneath worth keeping.

    Right now, every single one of those 90 men are expecting to make the team. If not, they should walk now and save everybody the time. But they should also look at the hardest workers and strive to work harder. They should look at the best players and strive to be better. That’s how champions are made.

    I hear everybody worried about how hard Megatron practices. And they all say Megatron should slow down or ease up. But the axiom of you only play as hard as you practice (or corollaries thereof) apply to everybody. In order for Megatron to get better or just to maintain his skill level, he needs to go all out in practice. That’s where he’ll learn to roll properly without injury. That’s where he’ll learn to time his jumps better to catch even higher passes. He’ll learn better moves or straight arms to get more YAC. The question I have is why more WR’s aren’t following his example and putting it out there on every play? Those that don’t, don’t need to make the 53 man roster. And that holds true for every position and every player.

  10. By Quentin on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    Since you guys released Jahvid Best, a smart move would be to pick up Michael Turner. Turner spent a lot of years in San Diego behind Ladainian Tomlinson. Which means that he’s still very fresh. Went to Atlanta and produced very numbers as a starting RB. Last season, he posted 10 TD’s. Which is more than Frank Gore, Stephen Jackson, Ray Rice, Reggie Bush and countless other running backs. He finished top 10 in TD’s which can be a VALUABLE threat in the end zone. We can have a system in which he can almost play like a fullback, but we’ll have a dual threat running game. With Reggie Bush having the abilty to catch in the backfield. So if you guys want a end zone threat, Michael Turner would be a very smart move.

  11. By Quentin on Jul 18, 2013 | Reply

    To add to my point, he scored more TD’s than most running backs with less attempts. So if you guys want to take some pressure off of Stafford, Bush, and Megatron, Turner would be the guy!

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