After an active offseason that include multiple trades and attention-drawing draft picks, the Detroit Lions are bringing back a familiar face.
The organization announced Friday that it has signed veteran cornerback
“I feel like I played my best ball here in Detroit,” said Bly. “I feel like it’s home and to come back and have the chance to finish my career where I played my best ball – where I feel like I’m part of the community – is a great feeling.”
During his four seasons in Detroit from 2003-06, Bly accumulated 19 of his 43-career interceptions.
Over that span, the Lions touted a strong defensive line that Bly says helped him in the secondary a great deal.
“When I was here, we had Shaun Rogers and James Hall – the D-Line was pretty stout when I was here with ‘Big Daddy’ Wilkinson,” said Bly. “That was one of the strongest points of our team.”
Now, with the signings of
Bly is looking forward to being part of that equation.
“I’m the first one to give credit to those guys because a strong D-Line makes your job easier on the back end,” he said. “When you’ve got guys flying around and getting off that ball, it allows the back end guys to make plays.
“I’m excited about that. I heard great things about the young kid from Nebraska – Suh – and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Another player Bly has already heard about is someone he will be playing alongside in the secondary.
“Delmas – I’ve heard he’s an enthusiastic player, energetic, talks just like I talk, and he’s a great guy to be around,” said Bly.
“I’ve also heard the attitude of the team is completely different. I felt like I was a part of the community when I was there in Detroit. I always felt like I was family. I had a great relationship with the people upstairs, the administrators, people that worked around the facility.”
Now Bly is glad to have the opportunity to finish his career in Detroit.
“I feel that when the Lions have struggled over the years, I’ve struggled as well because, like I said, I feel like I’m a family member,” he said. “I’m glad to be back. Hopefully we can get things turned around and I just want to be a part of the puzzle.”