The Lions have had Abdullah on the trade block for a few years and considering how little playing time he’s had this year, it’s not all that surprising that they would move on.
Detroit worked out Ellington in recent days, so he was clearly on their radar as a potential addition.
Abdullah, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Lions back in 2015. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $4.156 million contract and stands to make a base salary of 876,745 for the 2018 season.
In 2018, Abdullah has appeared in three games for the Lions and rushed for one yard on one carry and caught two passes for 18 yards receiving and no touchdowns. He has also totaled 107 kick return yards.
Ellington, 27, is a former fourth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.694 million rookie contract when he was waived by San Francisco and claimed by the Jets.
Unfortunately, Ellington missed the entire 2016 season after he suffered a torn hamstring during the preseason and was later placed on injured reserve.
The Texans signed Ellington back in August of last year and placed him on injured reserve in December with another hamstring injury. Ellington did, however, return to Houston on another one-year contract this past March, only to be released from injured reserve with a settlement earlier in the week.
In 2018, Ellington appeared in three games and recorded eight receptions for 92 receiving yards and a touchdown.