Allen Park — The Detroit Lions are bringing back another piece of the team’s secondary, re-signing cornerback Nevin Lawson to a two-year deal, a source familiar with the negotiations confirmed to The Detroit News.
The contract could earn Lawson as much as $10.3 million with incentives, according to CBS Sports, which initially reported the agreement. That marks a significant raise for Lawson, a fourth-round pick in 2014, who earned $2.5 million on his four-year rookie contract with the team.
After suffering a serious foot injury requiring emergency surgery during the second game of his rookie season, Lawson has been a reliable contributor in Detroit’s secondary. He’s appeared in 46 of 48 games the past three years, starting 40.
Lawson played nearly 90 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2016, but split time with free-agent addition D.J. Hayden last year. Hayden also is a free agent. A Florida Times-Union report indicated that the veteran corner is close to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lawson is the second Lions defensive player who agreed to re-sign with the team Tuesday. The Lions also announced safety Tavon Wilson had re-upped with the club, also for two years.
A physical cover corner, Lawson has recorded 151 tackles and 20 pass defenses the past three years. He’s also been hit with 259 penalty yards during that stretch, a team-high.
Lawson still is looking for his first career interception, but forced and recovered a fumble last year, which he returned for a touchdown.