The Lions have added more depth and experience to their secondary with the signing of veteran safety Chris Hope.
Hope, an 11-year veteran, has had previous stints in Pittsburgh (2002-05), Tennessee (2006-11) and, most recently, Atlanta last season, where he played in all 16 games with four starts.
A 2008 Pro Bowl selection, Hope has started 113 of the 163 career games he’s played in, including every game for the Steelers in 2005 when the team won Super Bowl XL.
The former third round pick of the Steelers in 2002 (94th overall) has 527 career tackles, four sacks, 20 interceptions, 50 passes defended, four forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and a touchdown.
He joins a safety group that now includes Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, Don Carey, Tyrell Johnson, Amari Spievey, Ricardo Silva, John Wendling and Martavius Neloms.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was Hope’s defensive coordinator in Tennessee for three seasons from 2005-2008. Hope knows the Lions’ defensive scheme and Schwartz should be well aware of what he brings to the table.
Hope is a veteran presence in the back end of the Lions defense and could offer some security to the injury concerns of Delmas.
The Lions released WR Brian Robiskie to make room for Hope on the roster.
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