Detroit Lions, David Montgomery agree on 3-year, $18M deal
The Detroit Lions and former Chicago Bears operating again David Montgomery reached an settlement on a three-year, $18 million deal, together with $11 million assured, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
With Montgomery departing, the Bears signed former Seattle Seahawks operating again Travis Homer to a two-year deal price a most of $4.5 million, based on his agent, Spencer Cannold.
Montgomery, 25, joins a Lions operating again corps that scored a league-leading 23 dashing touchdowns final season, together with a league-best 17 by Jamaal Williams and 5 by D’Andre Swift. Williams enters this offseason as an unrestricted free agent whereas Swift stays underneath contract by way of 2023, on the final 12 months of his rookie deal.
In a loaded class of free agent operating backs, Montgomery had the Tenth-most dashing yards (801) and was fifth in receiving (316) yards of these gamers. He generated his highest yards per catch (9.3) in 2022 and recorded his first receiving landing since his second season in Chicago.
Montgomery was drafted by former Bears basic supervisor Ryan Pace with the 73rd total decide within the third spherical of the 2019 NFL draft. In 4 seasons with Chicago, Montgomery totaled 3,609 dashing yards and 26 touchdowns together with 1,240 receiving yards and 4 TD receptions.
From 2019 to 2021, Montgomery led the Bears in dashing and posted a career-best 1,070 dashing yards in 2020 when an damage to former Chicago operating again Tarik Cohen allowed Montgomery to emerge because the staff’s prime rusher.
Perhaps his largest on-field attribute is his skill to remain wholesome whereas taking part in a place notoriously related to damage. In 4 seasons, Montgomery appeared in 60 video games and solely missed six as a consequence of damage. In 2022, the operating again sustained ankle and knee accidents throughout a Week 3 win over the Houston Texans and solely missed one sport in consequence.
At the conclusion of the 2022 season, Bears basic supervisor Ryan Poles praised Montgomery for his contributions on the sphere and management that helped insulate the locker room throughout a 3-14 season.
Homer, a sixth-round decide of the Seahawks in 2019, has seen restricted time on the sphere, totaling 453 yards and a landing on 83 carries throughout 4 seasons.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.