Lions re-sign CB Nevin Lawson for two years

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions are bringing back another piece of the team’s secondary, re-signing cornerback Nevin Lawson to a two-year deal, a source familiar with the negotiations confirmed to The Detroit News.

The contract could earn Lawson as much as $10.3 million with incentives, according to CBS Sports, which initially reported the agreement. That marks a significant raise for Lawson, a fourth-round pick in 2014, who earned $2.5 million on his four-year rookie contract with the team.

After suffering a serious foot injury requiring emergency surgery during the second game of his rookie season, Lawson has been a reliable contributor in Detroit’s secondary. He’s appeared in 46 of 48 games the past three years, starting 40.

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Lawson played nearly 90 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2016, but split time with free-agent addition D.J. Hayden last year. Hayden also is a free agent. A Florida Times-Union report indicated that the veteran corner is close to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lawson is the second Lions defensive player who agreed to re-sign with the team Tuesday. The Lions also announced safety Tavon Wilson had re-upped with the club, also for two years.

A physical cover corner, Lawson has recorded 151 tackles and 20 pass defenses the past three years. He’s also been hit with 259 penalty yards during that stretch, a team-high.

Lawson still is looking for his first career interception, but forced and recovered a fumble last year, which he returned for a touchdown.