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Detroit’s first move in free agency related to Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr.

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The Detroit Lions are trying to counteract a pair of possible high-level departures at the wide receiver position this offseason.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday the Lions signed former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams to a one-year, $6.2 million deal.

Williams missed the entirety of the 2020 season with a shoulder injury, and his durability has been in question in recent years.

However, the 29-year-old had a 1,000-yard season with the Chargers in 2016 and is averaging 16.1 yards per reception for his career. Williams was one of Derek Carr’s favorite deep threats in 2019, hauling in six receiving touchdowns. There is also some familiarity in Detroit with Anthony Lynn as offensive coordinator after Lynn was Williams’ head coach in Los Angeles.

The move comes at a time when Detroit’s top two receivers–Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay–are both headed to free agency.

Jones previously hinted at a possible desire to reunite with former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in his hometown of Los Angeles.

Golladay’s future is that much more unclear. The 27-year-old had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and 2019, with 11 receiving touchdowns in 2019. But Golladay was limited to just five games in 2020, with durability issues looming large in his career, as well.

Lions general manager Brad Holmes said Golladay is absolutely a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he declined to say whether the Lions would use the franchise tag to keep Golladay in Detroit. The deadline for franchise tags is this upcoming Tuesday.

In the meantime, the Lions have at least one weapon for new quarterback Jared Goff after agreeing to terms with Williams.