Detroit Lions sign former Steelers safety Chris Hope

Scott Cunningham

The Steelers' third round draft pick in 2002 signed a contract with the Detroit Lions Monday.

The career of former Steelers safety Chris Hope will continue.

At least for a training camp.

Hope signed a contract with the Detroit Lions Monday, reasserting concerns S Louis Delmas's full recovery from injury hasn't yet materialized for the defense-challenged Lions.

Hope played in 16 games for the Atlanta Falcons last season, starting in four games at the end of the regular season and seeing action in both of their playoff games.

The Steelers' starting free safety in Super Bowl XL, Hope signed a free agent deal with the Tennessee Titans in 2006. He played there through 2011, before signing with the Falcons. He made the 2008 Pro Bowl team.

Hope has 716 tackles and 20 interceptions in his career, which started when he was drafted in the third round of the Steelers' 2002 draft - arguably the best draft the team has had in the last two decades. The Steelers netted five starters in nine picks - Hope, offensive guard Kendall Simmons, wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, linebacker Larry Foote and defensive end Brett Keisel. Foote and Keisel played on all three of the Steelers' Super Bowl teams, and Randle El played on the 2005 and 2010 teams. Simmons won two rings with the Steelers in 2005 and 2008.


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