The Detroit Lions needed to make a move to upgrade their depth at wide receiver following last week’s trade of Golden Tate.
They reportedly did just that in signing former San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans pass catcher Bruce Ellington. In a corresponding move, the team waived former starting running back and second-round pick Ameer Abdullah.
The #Lions are signing FA WR Bruce Ellington, formerly of the #Texans, source said. To create space, they are waiving RB Ameer Abdullah. He’s been mostly inactive this season. DET had some trade talks before the deadline but nothing came to fruition. The next step was to move on.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2018
Abdullah, 25, was on the trade block this past offseason and has been active for only three games this season. Once Detroit selected Kerryon Johnson in the second round of April’s draft and signed veteran LeGarrette Blount, it became clear that Abdullah’s days in Detroit were numbered.
The former Nebraska standout’s best season in the NFL came as a rookie back in 2015 when he recorded 780 total yards and five touchdowns.
Like every player hitting the waiver wire following the Oct. 30 trade deadline, Abdullah won’t immediately become a free agent. Instead, teams will decide whether to take on the remainder of his contract. Said order is based on team records thus far this season.
Earning a base salary of just $877,000 this season, there’s a good chance Abdullah will be picked up before hitting free agency.