The Lions added depth along the defensive line with the signing of Corey Wootton on Thursday. The one-year deal brings the Lions roster to the maximum of 90.
Wootton, a fourth-round draft pick by the Bears in 2010 out of Northwestern, is joining his third NFC North team. The defensive end played with the Bears from 2010 to 2013 and spent 2014 with the Vikings.
Wootton, 27, played in 15 games last season and had 16 tackles and one sack. In 32 games with the Bears in 2012 and 2013 he had 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and 61 tackles.
Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones are expected to start at end.
Wootton is expected to battle for a backup spot with Devin Taylor, Larry Webster and Darryl Tapp. Phillip Hunt and Kerry Hyder, who both signed as free agents, could be in the mix too. Hunt was with the Colts in training camp in 2014 while Hyder was on the 2014 Jets practice squad.
Wootton is versatile like Jones, so he can also play on the inside.
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