Marquand Manuel Signs with Detroit Lions

Dave MContributor IIJune 2, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 12:  Wide receiver Reggie Williams #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a reception and is tackled by safety Marquand Manuel #33 of the Denver Broncos makes the tackle during NFL action on October 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Jaguars defeated the Broncos 24-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Lions have signed strong safety Marquand Manuel.

Manuel is somewhat of a journeyman, having played for five different teams in his seven-year career. Although, he has started 52 games—including 14 last year for the Broncos.

At 29, Manuel is yet another veteran that General Manager Martin Mayhew has brought to Detroit to stir up competition.

As I've written before, the secondary is crowded, and Manuel only adds to the confusion. I don't expect him to start, but he will play quite a bit, especially if destined starter Louis Delmas goes down with an injury.

Manuel will also be valuable on special teams. With new rules prohibiting wedge blocking on kickoffs, smaller, faster players will be used more.