Lions sign LB Zaviar Gooden, third-rounder in 2013

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Zaviar Gooden

The Lions drafted 10 players last week and are in the process of adding several undrafted free agents, but general manager Bob Quinn found a player with NFL experience to add to the roster on Monday.

Linebacker Zaviar Gooden, a third-round pick by Tennessee in 2013, signed a deal with the Lions, the team announced Monday.

Gooden appeared in nine games as a rookie, making 12 tackles, and in 15 games in 2014, he had 24 tackles.

But Gooden tore his hamstring in a 2015 preseason game and landed on injured reserve before being released with an injury settlement last September. Assuming he’s healthy, he’ll come to a Lions team that will have several players competing to play on the strong side.

Gooden played in college at Missouri.

Lions will have competition for several jobs