Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells (87) hauls in a touchdown pass defended by Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.


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Reports: Lions to sign TE Darren Fells

Free-agent tight end Darren Fells is signing a contract with the Detroit Lions, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

The Houston Texans released the veteran in March.

Fells caught 11 touchdown passes in two seasons with Houston but was due to earn $2.5 million in 2021 and became a salary-cap victim.

Fells, 35, caught 21 passes for 312 yards and four scores in 16 games (14 starts) in 2020.

He has 123 receptions for 1,483 yards and 21 touchdowns in 102 games (76 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2014-16), Lions (2017), Cleveland Browns (2018) and Houston.

Fells visited the Lions on Tuesday, the same day the team learned veteran tight end Josh Hill decided to retire. Hill signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Lions after eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints in March but apparently changed his mind.

–Field Level Media

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