Lyons caught former NFC North rival David Montgomery in free agency: report

Detroit Lions saw the band of David Montgomery who spent his first four seasons in the NFC North with the Chicago Bears.

Needing a runner for next season, they are expected to sign him to a three-year contract as soon as league new year will open at 16:00 March 15.

According to ESPN, the deal will be worth $18 million.

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#32 David Montgomery of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during the second half of a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on January 8, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.

#32 David Montgomery of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during the second half of a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on January 8, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

While the Lions still have D’Andre Swift on the depth chart, last season’s NFL leading scorer Jamaal Williams is a free agent, meaning there are a few spots open in Detroit.

Montgomery was workhorse bears in the backfield, as he was selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft from Iowa State.

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Last season, he had 801 yards on 201 carries and five rushing touchdowns in 16 games for Chicago. He also ran for 1,000 yards after hitting 1,070 yards in 2020.

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery heads for the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, January 1.  February 2, 2022 in Chicago.

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery heads for the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, January 1. February 2, 2022 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Montgomery also demonstrated his ability to catch the ball on the throw, gaining 1,240 yards on four touchdowns in 155 receptions.

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At the Lions, Montgomery could very well be the workhorse of the team, like Williams. Swift could change in and out of him, especially in situations like this.

Still, the Lions see a lot in Swift, despite losing his spot to Williams in his third season.

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan, USA on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan, USA on Sunday, January 1, 2023. (Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Either way, the Lions are getting a familiar player who was hard for their defense to stop. Montgomery has averaged 4.1 yards per throw against Detroit in eight career games.