Mathis reaches 2-year deal to stay with Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have reached a two-year deal with Rashean Mathis, keeping the free agent cornerback in the Motor City after he started all 16 games this past season.

Agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed the agreement Wednesday night.

The 34-year-old Mathis has been a steady part of Detroit's secondary since the Lions signed him two years ago. He had 42 tackles and nine assists last season, as well as an interception he returned 41 yards for a touchdown in an October loss to Buffalo.

Mathis spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars before joining the Lions.

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