Cason and Hulsey ink one-year deals
Allen Park, Mich. - The Detroit Lions announced today that they have re-signed RB Aveion Cason and signed free agent G Corey Hulsey to one-year deals. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.
Cason (5-10, 204) is in his second stint with the Lions after re-joining the club in 2006. The veteran running back, now in his eighth year, has utilized his speed to provide valuable depth to the offensive backfield and is also a proven kickoff returner. Since entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent for St. Louis in 2001, Cason has played in 49 career games (five starts), while recording 122 carries for 555 yards (4.5 avg.) and three touchdowns. As a receiver, he has notched 60 receptions for 628 yards (10.5 avg.) and three touchdowns. As a kickoff returner, he has recorded an average of 23.4 yards per return (73 returns for 1,711 yards).
Last season, Cason was fifth in the NFC in both kickoff return yards (1,041) and kickoff return average (24.8), despite not playing in four games. Offensively, he totaled 11 rushing attempts for 38 yards, 14 receptions for 129 yards, and contributed four tackles on special teams. Cason returned to Detroit in 2006 and played in six games (two starts) during the latter part of the season. He joined the club November 9, 2006 and tallied 120 yards of total offense (24 rushing attempts for 94 yards; 5 receptions for 26 yards) and returned four kickoffs for 110 yards (27.5 avg.).
After signing with the Rams as an undrafted rookie in 2001, Cason spent the 2001-02 seasons with Detroit. He then played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2003 and the St. Louis Rams from 2004-05.
In college, Cason played two seasons at Illinois State. As a sophomore in 1999, he rushed for 345 yards on 78 carries with six touchdowns, adding 34 receptions for 278 yards and two touchdowns. He ranked sixth in the nation with a 28.1-yard kickoff return average (two 100-yard TD returns). Cason was named Football Gazette All-America and All-Gateway first team.
Hulsey (6-4, 325) has played five seasons in the NFL, including appearances in 40 games (17 starts). He most recently spent four seasons (2003-06) with the Oakland Raiders. In 2005, he played in 12 games while playing for Lions Offensive Coordinator Jim Colletto, who was the Raiders offensive line coach that season.
After spending the 2000 season on the Bills practice squad and playing in NFL Europe, Hulsey started 12 games for the Bills in 2001 and played in all 16 games that season. He entered the league in 1999 as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Buffalo Bills.
During his collegiate career at Clemson, Hulsey was a second team All-ACC selection following his junior season.