Lions Sign Free Agent S Idrees Bashir

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Allen Park, Mich.- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agent S Idrees Bashir to a one-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.

Bashir (6-2, 198) joins the Lions for his sixth NFL season following a one-year stint with the Carolina Panthers. He was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round (37th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. Bashir started 51 games in four years with the Colts (2001-04) and played 11 games for the Panthers last season as a backup before being placed on the reserve/injured list December 14, 2005 because of a leg injury.

In 2004, Bashir recorded 62 tackles, a pass defense, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery while starting 13 games for Indianapolis and also registered 11 tackles and a pass defense in two postseason games.

Bashir started the first eight games of the 2003 season before sustaining a shoulder injury which kept him out of the next seven games. He returned to start the season finale at Houston (12/28) and had a career game with 13 tackles (four solo) and two pass defenses. Bashir registered 10 tackles through the Colts' first two playoff games

As a rookie in 2001, Bashir had career-highs with 90 tackles and six pass defenses while starting each of the 15 games he played. He became the second rookie safety in Colts franchise history to start in the season opener at New York Jets (9/9). Bashir followed up with a solid season in 2002, starting 14 games and garnering 73 tackles, five pass defenses and two interceptions. He helped Indianapolis finish as the NFL's second-ranked pass defense. In his first career postseason game (at New York Jets, 1/4/03) he had 10 tackles (nine solo).

Bashir was a three-year starter at Memphis where he played with current Lions DT Marcus Bell. He had 187 career tackles, three interceptions, 21 pass defenses and four fumble recoveries for the Tigers. Bashir began his collegiate career as a strong safety but switched to free safety as a junior and was an All-Conference USA first-team selection. Before enrolling at the University of Memphis, he attended Dunwoody High School in Decatur, Ga.