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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Lions sign Kevin Jones, Lehman

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posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 02:54 PM
Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions Wednesday signed first- round pick Kevin Jones to a multi-year contract. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jones, a running back from Virginia Tech, was taken with the 30th overall pick in this year's draft. The 5-11, 227-pound Jones rushed for 3,475 yards on 616 carries during his three seasons with the Hokies as he led the club to a 26-13 overall record. Jones set a school record for rushing yardage in a season as he racked up 1,494 yards last year.

"Best feeling in the world happening right now; I've been waiting for this all my life," said Jones. "(The contract) finally got done."

Jones, who will likely compete for a starting job, was named a 2003 First-Team All-Big East selection.

Detroit also inked second-round pick Teddy Lehman to a contract on Wednesday. Lehman was taken in the second round (37th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. The linebacker was named the 2003 Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker. The 6-2, 238-pound Lehman was also honored with the Chuck Bednarik Award as the country's best defensive player.

Lehman, who helped lead the Sooners to the 2000 national championship, anchored Oklahoma's top-ranked defense last season. The Sooners reached the BCS championship game in 2003-04, but ultimately fell to LSU.

For the season, Lehman recorded a team-high 109 tackles and had one sack, one interception and one forced fumble.

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