Lions Waive RB Paul Perkins, Claim RB Tra Carson


Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Lions have waived RB Paul Perkins and claimed RB Tra Carson off of waivers from the Packers on Thursday.

Perkins, 24, is a former fifth-round pick of the Giants back in 2016. The Giants waived Perkins with a non-football injury designation last year and he later reverted to their injured reserve list. 

New York elected to cut Perkins loose last month he was later claimed off of waivers by the Lions. 

Perkins is currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.59 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $720,000 for the 2019 season. 

In 2017, Perkins appeared in 11 games for the Giants and rushed for 90 yards on 41 carries (2.2 YPC) to go along with eight receptions for 46 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Carson, 26, originally signed on with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M back in 2016. After being waived and signed to their practice squad, Carson was eventually promoted to the Bengals’ active roster.

Carson was in the final year of a three-year, $1.47 million contract when he was waived with an injury designation. The Bengals later cut Carson loose with an injury settlement and he eventually signed on to the Packers’ practice squad.

Green Bay waived Carson coming out of the preseason and re-signed him to their taxi squad. The Packers promoted him a few weeks ago. 

In 2019, Carson has appeared in two games for the Packers and rushed for 14 yards on six carries (2.3 YPC) to go along with four receptions for 18 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

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