Detroit elected not to tender McKissic, a restricted free agent who had some nice moments after being acquired by Detroit last season. He hit the open market once the new league year started at 4 p.m. today.
McKissic was used mostly as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, snaring 34 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. He also had 38 carries for 205 yards.
Kerryon Johnson, Bo Scarbrough, Ty Johnson, Wes Hills, Tra Carson and Nick Bawden (fullback) are all under contract for next season in the backfield, and Detroit is also expected to look for another back in the middle or later rounds of the draft.
Defensive tackle Jamie Meder – affectionally known as the “Pierogi Prince of Parma” – is another restricted free agent who was not tendered by Detroit.
The Lions did tender both of their exclusive rights free agents, cornerbacks Mike Ford and Dee Virgin, which was expected. Teams have total control over ERFAs and contracts are not guaranteed, so there’s no real downside to tendering them. It’s just a matter of pushing around some paperwork.
Makes me think the Lions are going to sign an FA RB or draft one. I guess they could still bring back McKissic though, I thought the guy did okay last year.