Lions sign LB Rocky McIntosh to one-year deal

Brian McIntyre
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The Detroit Lions continued to add veterans to the defensive side of the roster on Saturday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with veteran linebacker Rocky McIntosh, reports.

Financial terms of McIntosh's contract were not disclosed, but veterans signing one-year contracts in the middle of August usually sign for the league minimum base salary with little or no guaranteed money. Based on McIntosh's age – he turns 31 in November – and that he played on a "minimum salary benefit" contract (league minimum base salary, no guaranteed money, lowered cap number) with the St. Louis Rams last season, McIntosh will likely earn $715,000 in base salary if he makes the 53-man roster with a cap number of $555,000.

On Friday, the day after the first-team defense was shredded by the Cleveland Browns, the Lions signed 34-year-old defensive tackle Justin Bannan to a one-year contract. Bannan is in his 12th NFL season and has started over 70 games during his career, 45 of which came with the Denver Broncos (2010, 2012) and St. Louis Rams (2011) over the three seasons.

McIntosh, a 2006 second-round pick out of Miami by the Washington Redskins, has started 77 games over the first seven years of his career. However, McIntosh has been a part-time starter and player over the last two seasons. In 2011, McIntosh played in less than half of the Redskins' defensive snaps and was a two-down linebacker in St. Louis, playing in 41 percent of the defensive snaps in 16 games for the Rams last season.

With Stephen Tulloch starting at middle linebacker and DeAndre Levy locking down one spot, there is one starting outside linebacker job open on the Lions' defense. That appears to be filled by Ashlee Palmer, who was signed to two-year extension late last season. McIntosh adds depth and could push 2012 late-round picks Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis for a roster spot.

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