Lions give Edwards $8M in guarantees

Updated: March 14, 2006, 2:01 PM ET
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

Defensvie end Kalimba Edwards has re-signed with the Detroit Lions for five years and $20 million, with $8 million in guarantees.

Defensive End
Detroit Lions

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
32 25 7 2 7 0

Edwards visited the Browns, was to meet with the Falcons, and his agent, Kennard McGuire, had scheduled a trip to Oakland. Edwards decided to return to Detroit after being impressed by new coach Rod Marinelli and defensvie coordinator Donnie Henderson's recruiting efforts.

Despite being a part-time player, he moved to the head of the list among free agent defensive ends after Andre Carter went to the Redskins, Trevor Pryce went to the Ravens and Darren Howard went to the Eagles.

Edwards, 26, posted seven of his 20 career sacks last season in his role as a situational pass rusher. Detroit drafted him in 2002 out of South Carolina with the third pick of the second round.

The Lions, who signed Jon Kitna to a four-year deal Tuesday, have been active in re-signing their players. They reached deals to re-sign wide receiver Eddie Drummond and running back Shawn Bryson in the past couple of days.

Michael Smith is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Senior writer John Clayton contributed to this report.

Michael Smith

NFL Senior Writer
Michael Smith joined ESPN in July 2004 as a National Football League senior writer for ESPN.com, covering league news and major events such as the NFL Draft, NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl, and continues to write breaking news stories. He is also a correspondent for E:60, ESPN's first multi-themed prime-time newsmagazine program, which debuted October 2007.