It came down to a bidding war between division rivals the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions for free agent linebacker Justin Durant’s services. In the end, the Lions came out on top and agreed to a contract with the former Jacksonville Jaguar.
Chicago Tribune beat writer Vaughn McClure was following the story and finally tweeted, “Durant apparently has agreed to terms with the Lions. The former Jaguars linebacker will sign a two-year deal.” Durant later seemed to confirm the news with his 8 Mile inspired message: “Now everybody from the 313, put ya muthaf*ckin hands up and follow me!!!” The “313” is an area code for Detroit, Michigan.
Durant’s versatility will give the Lions multiple options at the linebacker position. The only thing holding the 2007 second-round pick from taking the step to the next level in his NFL career is injuries. He has yet to play a full season in his career.