In a clear sign that kicker David Akers will not return next season, the Lions have signed two kickers to future/reserve contracts — John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio.
Potter, who played at Western Michigan, was a seventh-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2012. He didn’t kick field goals in 2012, but kicked off. Early this past season he kicked for the Redskins early and was three of four on field goals including two against the Lions.
Tavecchio spent training camp with the Packers and was cut when Mason Crosby kept his job.
Akers, who signed a one-year deal to replace Jason Hanson, was 19 of 24 on field goals this season with two blocks.
Linebacker Jon Morgan, who was in training camp in Detroit, was also signed.
Also, all seven practice squad players were signed. That includes wide receivers Corey Fuller and Cody Wilson; linebacker Brandon Hepburn; running backs Carlin Isles and Steven Miller; defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.
Fuller (sixth round) and, Hepburn (seventh round) were Lions’ draft picks in April.
Isles is the speedy rugby player signed to the practice squad a week ago.
The 10 players are locked up for the 2014 season. The deals take effect on March 11, the beginning of the new league year when rosters will be expanded to 90 players.