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Lions sign free agent running back Stevan Ridley

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DETROIT – The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent running back Stevan Ridley.

Ridley announced the news on his Instagram page Friday afternoon.

"I can't be happier for another shot to tote this pill and showcase the gifts I've been truly blessed with," Ridley wrote. "Detroit, I've got a surprise for you this year, I promise."

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New York I hate that I couldn't do more for you this past year, but the opportunity y'all gave me after my injury to do what I love the most.. I can never put a price on. The relationships I've gained with my brothers in New York, as well as developing a sense of true patience will take me much further beyond the game of football. Coach Bowles you truly are a leader of men. The Jets Organization is on the up and coming, and I wish you guys nothing but the best. John Mellody and the Jets training staff were an absolute blessing as well. A1 and arguably the best out there! To the Organization and city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love. But now it's on to Detroit for me! I can't be happier for another shot to tote this pill and showcase the gifts I've been truly blessed with! Detroit, I've got a suprise for you this year, I promise. I'm ready to get to work with my new family, so April 18th can't come soon enough! Lets eat fellas, and this year we want the whole plate!! #longliveKiDRiD #onlyGOD

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Ridley was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2011, where he spent four seasons. He spent 2015 with the New York Jets.

Ridley has totaled 2,907 yards and 22 touchdowns in 60 career games.

The Lions released running back Joique Bell at the end of the 2015-16 season. Ridley will likely join a crowded backfield with Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, likely as a pass catching threat out of the backfield.


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