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Lions Sign Defensive Tackle Owens

February 18, 1998

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ Defensive tackle Dan Owens signed Wednesday with the Detroit Lions, rejoining the team he left two years ago after signing with the Atlanta Falcons.

``He gives us a guy that can play every position across the front, which is very important,″ coach Bobby Ross said. ``Also he is a four-down player. He is an adequate pass rusher and can play in the nickel package. That adds to our versatility.″

Owens had a career-high eight sacks and 69 tackles last season, starting 15 games for the Falcons. He also intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

The 6-3, 280-pound Owens was drafted by the Lions in 1990. In five seasons with Detroit, he played in 91 games, starting 51, and had 197 tackles and 16.5 sacks.

Owens signed a week after the Lions signed free agent linebacker Allen Aldridge of Denver to a four-year, $10.4 million contract and re-signed wide receiver Johnnie Morton ($15 million for five years) and offensive tackle Ray Roberts ($15.45 million for five years).

Terms of Owens’ contract were not disclosed.

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