Canadian DL Christian Covington signs with Detroit Lions

Photo: AP/David Becker

The Detroit Lions have signed Canadian defensive lineman Christian Covington, according to a social media post by his agent.

The Vancouver native dressed for four games with the Los Angeles Chargers in a depth role this past season, recording 12 total tackles and one tackle for loss. It was his second year with the club as he dressed for 16 games with three starts for Los Angeles in 2021.

The 29-year-old has dressed for 102 career NFL games as a member of the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and Chargers, recording 196 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two pass knockdowns, and two forced fumbles.

The son of Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Grover Covington was born in Vancouver and played for Vancouver College at the high school level before earning a scholarship to Rice University in Houston.

Covington was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Texans and has since earned over $8.2 million USD. The B.C. Lions selected Covington in the fifth round of the 2015 CFL Draft, though it appears unlikely that he will ever play north of the border.