The Detroit Lions are signing free-agent running back David Montgomery, according to multiple reports. Here’s what you need to know:

Montgomery is joining Detroit on a three-year, $18 million deal with $11 million guaranteed, per multiple reports.

Montgomery ranks No. 78 on The Athletic’s list of top free agents this offseason.

The 25-year-old totaled 801 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 16 games with Chicago last season.

The Bears also agreed with running back Travis Homer on Tuesday, per a league source.


Why the Lions made the move

Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson recently said he wanted to see the run game take a step forward in 2023. He felt Lions running backs didn’t maximize the opportunities created by the offensive line, hoping to turn four- and five-yard runs into runs of eight, nine or more. The Lions know Montgomery’s game well, having played against him twice a year since he was drafted in 2019.