The Jacksonville Jaguars parted ways with the veteran corner-back, back in March. The newly signed Lion will turn 33 years old at the end of this month. He made the Pro Bowl back in 2006 but only played a full 16 game season once since then.
He didn’t appear to be the same 100 percent last season after tearing his ACL during the 2011 NFL season.
Detroit has been rolling corners in and out of training camp all season, with Ron Bartell working with the first team along with Chris Houston.
Mathis may not contend for a starting job in Detroit, but he will definitely provide veteran depth if he knee doesn’t give him any trouble this season. This group has been deeper than recent years for the Lions and makes complete sense to bring in Mathis to see if he could at least help.
Detroit’s coverage against the Cleveland Browns during Thursday nights game was a concern for them.
The #Lions just signed CB Rashean Mathis. He will replace Trevor Coston on the roster and wear #39.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 17, 2013