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The Detroit Lions signed tight end Alize Mack to a futures deal Thursday.
He was waived at the end of training camp, spent three weeks on the Saints’ practice squad and also spent time on the practice squads of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs.
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The Lions return Pro Bowl tight end T.J. Hockenson in 2021, but have other questions at the position.
Jesse James has no more guaranteed money left on the free agent contract he signed in 2019, and is set to count $6.4 million against the Lions’ salary cap this fall.
Hunter Bryant, who barely played as a rookie, is the Lions’ No. 3 tight end.
Mack caught 36 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns as a senior at Notre Dame in 2018.
He did not play in the NFL last season.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions sign tight end Alize Mack to futures deal