Lions Bolstering Secondary with Ultra-Competitive Amik Robertson


The Detroit Lions have made a calculated move to strengthen their defense by signing former Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson. Tom Pelissero first report the signing: a two-year contract worth up to $10.75 million with incentives. The 25-year-old Louisiana Tech alumnus brings a competitive edge to the Lions locker room.

A Determined Competitor Joins the Lions

Robertson may not have the most imposing frame, but his on-field tenacity speaks volumes. Tashan Reed of The Athletic shared the following quote from his former interim head coach with the Raiders, Antonio Pierce, praised his approach and mentality:

First of all, he’s extremely talented when the ball is in the air. He’s probably one of the more physical DBs, as well. You always see him punch the ball, coming through making tackles. I don’t want to call it the little man complex, but he walks around like he’s 6-2, 220 sometimes, and he’s fearless. He’s a smart football player. He has confidence, and I’m glad he’s finally having success on the field.

Former All-Pro teammate teammate on the Raiders, Eastern Michigan alumnus and EDGE rusher Maxx Crosby, also had high praise for Robertson (courtesy of Colton Pouncy of The Athletic):

Amik’s a certified playmaker…he’s always around the ball. Every time he’s in there, he’s making plays. That’s just what he does…the dude is all over the place. The more playing time he gets, the more plays he makes. Major respect to Amik. The guy works his ass off. I love that guy. He’s just fun to be around and he’s a ball player.


Robertson’s addition to the Lions is emblematic of the team’s culture under head coach Dan Campbell.

Overcoming limited playtime in his first two seasons, he showcased his potential through consistent performance in all 34 games over the last two seasons in Las Vegas. His last season’s stats—50 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and a forced fumble—highlight his ability to impact games when called up. Antonio Pierce doubled-down, saying “when Amik is on his game and he’s rolling, he’s one of our best ball hawks…he’s in and out of the lineup, but he’s always ready and dialed in mentally.”

Joining the Lions offers Robertson a platform to further elevate his game on a team with Super Bowl aspirations. At 25, he is entering his prime and this deal offers him a chance to further establish himself before he can take another crack at free agency when he’s 27.

Aaron Glenn’s defense prioritizes players who exhibit both physicality and intelligence on the field, qualities that Robertson has displayed throughout his career. His signing is not merely an addition to the roster; it represents a strategic choice to infuse the team with the kind of talent and mindset that resonates with the Lions’ overarching goals.


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