Lions re-sign safety Tavon Wilson

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions have re-signed another one of their own free agents, keeping safety Tavon Wilson in the fold.

The team didn’t disclose the terms of the deal, but ESPN is reporting it’s a two-year pact worth $7 million.

Wilson, a former second-round pick out of Illinois, joined the Lions as a free agent in 2016. He spent his first four seasons with the New England Patriots and the re-signing will reunite him with former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who was hired as the Lions head coach last month.

Wilson had his best professional season in his first with the Lions, racking up 74 tackles, a sack and two interceptions in 15 games. He was limited to 10 games last season after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury while defending a deep pass during the Thanksgiving game against Minnesota.

With Wilson out of the lineup, the Lions shuffled their secondary, moving nickelback Quandre Diggs to safety and significantly reducing the role of Miles Killebrew, who operated best in three-safety looks with Wilson on the field.