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Lions add depth at tight end by signing Jordan Thompson

Posted Apr 28, 2014

Tight end Jordan Thompson signs a one-year contract with the Lions after trying out at the team's voluntary minicamp last week.

Tight end Jordan Thompson has signed a one-year contract with the Lions after being invited to tryout during the team's voluntary minicamp last week.

Thompson became one of three players signed after those tryouts -- receiver Naaman Roosevelt and center Sherman Carter were the other two.

Thompson (6-4, 248) finished his college career at Ohio catching 60 passes for 666 yards and six touchdowns.

The Lions now have five tight ends under contract.

Brandon Pettigrew, a five-year starter for the Lions, leads the group after signing a four-year contract this offseason. Joseph Fauria led all Lions tight ends with seven touchdowns last year and should have a bigger role in the offense this year. Michael Williams, a seventh-round draft pick out of Alabama last year, is now healthy after spending his rookie season on injured reserve (hand). The team also signed Matt Veldman, who spent part of last season with the team, as an exclusive rights free agent.

Thompson went undrafted in 2012.