The Lions have agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with 31-year-old DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, according to a league source. The deal calls for $10 million to be paid in the first year.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, Vanden Bosch’s former defensive coordinator with the Titans, visited with the former Pro Bowl pick shortly after the Friday midnight ET free-agency period began, according to a league source. Schwartz traveled to Vanden Bosch’s Nashville-area house for the meeting.
“It was a strange deal,” Vanden Bosch said on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville on Friday morning. “I was talking back and forth with my agent all day, trying to figure out what to expect. So I was waiting, waiting, waiting. Then 11 o’clock (midnight ET) came and my phone rang and it was Coach Schwartz, who said, ‘I’m down at your gate, I want to come talk to you.’ Coach Schwartz, my wife and I were up until about 2:30 just talking.”
The Lions are looking to upgrade what was a woeful defense last season. To that end, the Lions agreed to acquire veteran DL Corey Williams and seventh-round from the Browns for a fifth-round pick (which was originally obtained from the Broncos).