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Lions sign journeyman linebacker Jerry Franklin

Bob Quinn made one of his first player moves with the Detroit Lions on Thursday, signing linebacker Jerry Franklin to a free-agent contract.

The 6-foot-1 Franklin has bounced around the NFL since going undrafted in 2012, spending time with Denver, Carolina, Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City and New Orleans.

He only appeared in games with the Bears, Chiefs and Saints. He’s played in 20 career games, making one defensive tackle. Primarily a special teams player, he made 11 team tackles in three seasons.

The 28-year-old is from Sunset, Arkansas and in 2014, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid praised Franklin’s special teams abilities according to the Kansas City Star.

The Lions are in need of linebacker depth. Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis are scheduled to become free agents next month and Stephen Tulloch's status with the team is in question since he has a $7.3 million cap hit in 2016. Detroit also has Josh Bynes, Brandon Copeland, Kyle Van Noy and star DeAndre Levy under contract.