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Crowell, Lions Agrees to Contract

March 26, 2002

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The Detroit Lions and oft-injured wide receiver Germane Crowell have agreed to terms on a three-year contract.

Crowell’s deal is worth $7.5 million, according to a team official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The contract, with just one year guaranteed, includes a $1 million signing bonus and a $2 million roster bonus that can be exercised by the Lions before the second year of the contract.

Crowell was the Lions’ second-round pick in the 1998 draft. He had 81 receptions for 1,338 yards with seven touchdowns in 1999.

In the two seasons since, Crowell has been slowed by foot and knee injuries. He had a broken foot in 2000 and a torn patella tendon last season. As a result, he has started just 11 games the last two seasons and had 56 catches for 719 yards and five touchdowns.

Crowell will join Az-Zahir Hakim and Bill Schroeder as the Lions’ top receivers.

Also, the Lions and defensive tackle Kelvin Pritchett agreed to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

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