Amari Spievey and Kassim Osgood agree to one-year deals

Posted by ttwentyman on March 12, 2013 – 5:05 pm

The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on one-year deals with both Amari Spievey and Kassim Osgood.

The Lions did not make Spievey a restricted free-agent tender offer, but the two sides agreed on a deal before the start of free agency, his agent Andy Simms confirmed.

Spievey, who finished the season on injured reserve, has suffered two concussions in a seven-month period, but was given the okay to resume contact in his exit physical after the season.

The Lions tendered contracts to their other two restricted free agents, Jason Fox and Willie Young. was the first to report that the team was re-signing special teams ace Osgood, who is one of the league’s best special teamers.

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Kassim Osgood named Yale Lary Special Teams Most Valuable Player

Posted by ttwentyman on January 16, 2013 – 2:40 pm

Kassim Osgood joked this season that he’d make a great defensive end in the NFL if Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham would ever give the 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver a chance to gain 30 pounds and put his hand in the dirt.

Osgood’a position is officially listed as wide receiver, but he’s made more of an impact over his 10-year career tackling would-be returners than catching touchdowns. It’s earned him three Pro Bowl nods as a specialist, too.

The Lions signed Osgood before the season to be a gunner on special teams. He finished the 2012 season with seven special teams tackles and one fumble recovery, earning him the Yale Lary Special Teams Most Valuable Player Award, which is voted on by the players.

The special teams coverage units struggled during the early portion of the regular season as the Lions became the first team in the modern era to allow both punt and kickoff return touchdowns in the same game in back-to-back weeks in losses to the Titans and Vikings back in September.

Following the Week 4 loss to the Vikings though, the coverage units – led by Osgood – allowed just 6.2 yards per punt return and 20.5 yards per kickoff return the rest of the season with no touchdowns.

Osgood had probably his finest game of the season Week 17 vs. the Bears. He tackled Bears all-world punt returner Devin Hester at the Chicago 18-yard line for a minus-1 yard return in the first quarter and then tackled Hester again at the Bears 5-yard line following a kickoff in the fourth quarter.

The Yale Lary Award is given in honor of Yale Lary, an All-Pro defensive back, who also was one of the NFL’s greatest punters. While Lary collected 50 career interceptions playing safety for the Lions, he became an even more valuable weapon on Detroit’s special teams. Lary won NFL punting titles in 1959, 1961 and 1963, missing in 1962 by just 3.6 inches. Lary played in nine Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Osgood is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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Lions sign special-teams ace Kassim Osgood; release QB R.J. Archer

Posted by ttwentyman on August 23, 2012 – 9:53 am

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after last week’s preseason victory in Baltimore that the Lions had to find better players on special teams after a second consecutive rocky performance from their coverage units.

“We’ve got to find better players to be able to execute,” Schwartz said at the time. “Like I said, you can do all the drills you want, but if a guy can’t make the play, he can’t make the play. We’ve got to find guys that can (make the play) on kickoff cover and punt cover. We were poor in those areas. We got lucky because of a couple penalties, but we were lucky.”

The Lions shook up some of their personnel groupings on coverage units in practice this week, but went a step further today by signing free agent wide receiver Kassim Osgood.

Osgood, 32, has played nine seasons in the NFL, the last two in Jacksonville, and is a three time Pro Bowler on special teams (2006, 07, 09).

Released by the Jaguars in March, Osgood has played primarily special teams during his NFL career. He caught just 11 passes the last two years in Jacksonville, and has 44 career receptions with five touchdowns.

He will compete for a roster spot with a crowded group of receivers that includes Patrick Edwards, Maurice Stovall, Nate Hughes, Lance Logan, Jarett Dillard and others.

The Lions released quarterback R.J. Archer to make room for Osgood on the 90-man roster.

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