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Lions sign blocking TE Matthew Mulligan

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Matthew Mulligan

The Lions added another former Patriots player Monday, signing tight end Matthew Mulligan, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Mulligan, 31, played in 12 games with five starts for the Buffalo Bills last season, but had just one reception and is primarily a blocker.

Mulligan should have an opportunity to earn a role this offseason as Brandon Pettigrew recovers from a torn ACL suffered in December. The Lions also have tight ends Eric Ebron, Tim Wright, Jordan Thompson and Casey Pierce on the roster.

Mulligan went undrafted out of Maine in 2008 and has spent time with nine different teams. His longest stint was with the New York Jets from 2009-11. He then played for the St. Louis Rams in 2012, finishing with a career-high eight catches for 84 yards, before joining New England in 2013.

With the Patriots, Mulligan played 15 games with four starts, but he bounced around with a few teams in 2014 before earning a more consistent role with Buffalo last year.

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