Source: RB Montgomery to Lions on 3-year deal

The Detroit Lions and former Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery reached agreement on a three-year, $18 million deal, including $11 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

In a loaded class of free-agent running backs, Montgomery generated the 10th-most rushing yards (801) and was fifth in receiving (316) yards of those players. He generated his highest yards per catch (9.3) in 2022 and recorded his first receiving touchdown since his second season in Chicago.

Montgomery, 25, was drafted by former Bears general manager Ryan Pace with the 73rd overall pick in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft. In four seasons with Chicago, Montgomery totaled 3,609 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns along with 1,240 receiving yards and four TD receptions.

From 2019-21, Montgomery led the Bears in rushing and posted a career-best 1,070 rushing yards in 2020 when an injury to former Chicago running back Tarik Cohen allowed Montgomery to emerge as the team’s top rusher.

Perhaps his biggest on-field attribute is his ability to stay healthy while playing a position notoriously associated with injury. In four seasons, Montgomery appeared in 60 games and only missed six due to injury. In 2022, the running back sustained ankle and knee injuries during a Week 3 win over Houston and only missed one game as a result.

At the conclusion of the 2022 season, Bears general manager Ryan Poles praised Montgomery for his contributions on the field and leadership that helped insulate the locker room during a 3-14 season.

ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.

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