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Lions agree to contract with former Packers WR Geronimo Allison

The former Illinois and Green Bay receiver is headed to another team in the division.

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It was a safe assumption that Geronimo Allison would not return to the Green Bay Packers in 2020. After buying out his restricted free agency year in 2019 with a one-year contract, the Packers allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Now, he has a new home, and it's within the NFC North. Allison has agreed to a contract with the Detroit Lions, according to that team's social media accounts.

Allison had a less than stellar year in 2019, when he was expected to be a major contributor after missing most of 2018 to injury. Instead, Allison averaged just 8.4 yards per reception, totaling 287 yards - fewer than his total through just five games the year before.

Allison also had ball security issues in 2019. He fumbled the football twice and dropped five passes in 55 targets. All of that combined to make it highly unlikely that he would return to Green Bay, an outcome that was all but assured when the Packers agreed to a contract with free agent receiver Devin Funchess.

Allison will join a Lions receiving corps that boasts one budding star in Kenny Holladay and a promising young tight end in T.J. Hockenson. His role in Detroit's offense is to be determined.