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Detroit Lions add Jamaal Williams to running back mix

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The Detroit Lions agreed late Tuesday night to run Jamaal Williams back and gave D’Andre Swift a new addition to the backfield.

Williams confirmed the move on Twitter. NFL.com reports that the deal runs for two years and $ 7.5 million.

Williams spent his first four NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers, behind two-time 1000-yard rusher Aaron Jones. Williams had 505 yards for 119 carries (4.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns last season. He also caught 31 passes for 236 yards and a TD.

He will now share an NFC north backfield with Swift, who in 2020 rookie had 521 yards over 114 carries (4.6 yards), including eight touchdowns. He added 46 catches for 357 yards and two more touchdowns.

Swift shared the load with veteran Adrian Peterson and former second round winner Kerryon Johnson last season.

The 6-foot, 213-pound Williams was selected from BYU in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. He’s had 1,985 rushing yards in his career, averaging four yards per carry.

The Williams platoon appears to be part of a busy night for the Lions, who reportedly also traded in for the defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

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