May 27, 2024

Reports indicate that the Houston Texans are set to add another former Detroit Lions defensive back to their roster. Mike Ford, who departed from the Lions in 2021, is reportedly signing a two-year contract with the Texans worth up to $4.5 million, as per NFL Network.

Ford, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent from SE Missouri State, spent three seasons with the Lions before embarking on stints with the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, and Cleveland Browns. Despite primarily serving on special teams, Ford managed to secure his first interception last season while also seeing an increased defensive role, playing 160 snaps – his highest since his time in Detroit.

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With 1,424 special teams snaps under his belt over six seasons, including a career-high 357 last year in Cleveland, Ford has proven his versatility. Now, with this new two-year deal, he will have the opportunity to establish himself further with the Texans. Notably, Ford will reunite with former Lions teammate Jeff Okudah, who also recently joined the Texans on a one-year contract after his stint with the Atlanta Falcons.

Meanwhile, the Lions have been relatively quiet on the first day of free agency, with their only significant move being the re-signing of interior offensive lineman Graham Glasgow to a three-year deal worth $20 million. Additionally, Jonah Jackson departed for the Los Angeles Rams on a $51 million deal, highlighting the team’s need for reinforcements on the offensive line.

Despite the lack of activity, the Lions have reportedly expressed interest in Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who would represent a significant upgrade for their defense. However, given the draft-focused approach of the Lions under general manager Brad Holmes, they are expected to be strategic in their moves during free agency.

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