Lions sign free agent CB Corn Elder

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The Detroit Lions have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent cornerback Corn Elder. Elder’s agent confirmed the signing via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Elder was originally a fifth-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2017 NFL draft. He missed his rookie campaign with a knee injury. The New York Giants signed him in 2019 after the final roster cuts, but Elder returned to Carolina later that season.

The 26-year-old Miami product started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2020. The 5-foot-10 Elder has primarily aligned in the slot but does have some experience playing on the outside as well. He joins a Lions defense with no clear starter in the slot.

His given name is Cornelius but he has gone by Corn throughout his football career.