Lions upgrade special teams by landing Wesley

The Detroit Lions will add their second core special teams player that new special teams coach Danny Crossman is familiar with.

According to a report in the Detroit News, veteran cornerback Dante Wesley has agreed to a two-year contract and will arrive Monday to make it official. Wesley had previously visited the Lions and will be reconnecting with Crossman and linebacker Landon Johnson in Motown. Crossman and both players were with the Carolina Panthers last season.

Wesley played for the Panthers for seven of the last eight seasons, joining the Chicago Bears during 2006 for their Super Bowl season. He’s considered a top special teams performer and can fill in in a pinch on defense.

The Lions are still working to sort out their defensive backfield and could look to spend a high pick in the draft on a cornerback. But the Lions are in need of improvements on special teams. Stan Kwan, a holdover during Jim Schwartz’s first season, was fired after the 2009 campaign when Detroit ranked 25th in composite special teams rankings compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. General manager Martin Mayhew and Schwartz have been working to turn over the roster. The Lions ranked 19th in special teams in 2008 and 25th in 2007. Of course, it’s worth noting Crossman’s Panthers were 32nd last season.

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