Coming off that defeat, the Lions reportedly were in the market for cornerback help, and that's not all. They have signed veteran linebacker Rocky McIntosh to a one-year contract, per the Lions' official website.
Chalk it up as a depth move. McIntosh staged a workout for the Lions during training camp after starting nine games for the St. Louis Rams last season. The Lions aren't especially deep at linebacker and struggled to halt the Browns, leaving Schwartz to acknowledge: "Defensively we made some critical errors, we didn't tackle well, we had some key penalties."
Pro Football Focus graded McIntosh near the bottom of the NFL's 4-3 outside linebackers last season. Ranking 37th at his position, the eighth-year pro isn't going to change the Lions' defense, and he's no lock to make the roster.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.