Lawson signs a reported 1-year, $3 million deal with the team.
The 5-9. 192-pounder was a fourth round pick by the Lions out of Utah State in the 2014 draft. He spent five years in Detroit, becoming a starter in his second season and starting nearly every game the past three seasons.
While Lawson has 25 career passes defended, he has never recorded an interception in his five-year NFL career. He was released by the Lions on March 10 in a cost cutting move as he was due to make $5 million this season. He wasn’t the best corner out there, but he may be a better value than some others.
Lawson joins a Raiders cornerback group led by Gareon Conley, Daryl Worley, recent nickel corner addition Lamarcus Joyner, and Nick Nelson.