Source: Detroit Lions to sign big-name free agents Danny Amendola, Justin Coleman
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions addressed needs on both sides of the ball while reuniting their coach and general manager with former New England Patriots cornerback Justin Coleman and receiver Danny Amendola.
Coleman agreed to a $36 million, four-year contract with the Lions and plans to sign Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The person spoke Monday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
Coleman began his career with the Patriots in 2015, when Lions coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn worked for the organization. He was a nickel cornerback the past two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. Coleman has three career interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns.
The Lions signed Amendola to a $5.75 million, one-year contract, taking advantage of his comfort level with men he knew from New England.
“I was around (Patricia) all the time and I just love the enthusiasm he brings to work,” Amendola said.
Amendola said he knew Quinn as well from their time together in New England.
Shortly after adding Amendola, the Lions released cornerback Nevin Lawson.
The Lions also cut linebacker Trevor Bates later in the day. He was arraigned last month from a psychiatric ward on charges of punching a New York City police officer.
Amendola potentially fills the void Detroit has had at slot receiver since it traded Golden Tate last season to the Philadelphia Eagles.
He had 59 receptions for 575 yards and one touchdown last season with the Miami Dolphins after playing for New England from 2013-17.