Detroit Lions sign Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
The rebuilding Detroit Lions have bolstered their backfield in free agency in one of a series of moves by first-year general manager Brad Holmes.
Running back Jamaal Williams agreed to sign with the Lions, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal.
Reports say the unrestricted free agent agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Holmes agreed to a second trade with his former employers, the Los Angeles Rams, and acquired steady defensive tackle Michael Brockers to help one of the NFL’s worst defenses. Brockers effectively replaces defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who was released Tuesday.
The Lions’ reshaping efforts also includes re-signing linebacker linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and releasing veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Days after he agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract, the team announced defensive end Romeo Okwara signed a contract extension on Wednesday.
Williams, a former Green Bay Packer, joins a backfield that also includes D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson.
Green Bay drafted Williams out of BYU in the fourth round in 2017 and he had a solid run with the team. He had 1,985 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, nearly 1,000 yards receiving and eight scores in his career that includes 20 starts over four seasons.
Williams started in three of 14 games last season. He had 505 yards rushing and two touchdowns and 31 receptions for 236 yards and a score.