“This is a good opportunity for both players,” Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono said in a statement issued by the team. “The depth we currently have at defensive back enables us to acquire a player in Dennis Haley who has a good foundation as a pro as well as some CFL experience at the linebacker spot.”
Haley comes to the Lions after spending last season with the Ticats, mainly in a backup role, but did a nice job filling in for Otis Floyd when the former Leo was injured. The Lions have chosen to go in a different direction with their linebackers this season, and releases starter Javier Glatt earlier this year.
Haley, a rookie last season, started in four games, recording eighteen defensive tackles, one special-teams tackle and one interception. He hails from Salem, VA and was was originally signed by the National Football League’s New York Jets in 2005. He also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and San Fransisco 49er’s before landing in Hamilton last season.
Dennis leaves the Lions after three seasons and in 2009 played in 17 notching two defensive tackles, 15 special teams tackles, one forced fumble and blocked one punt. He also appeared in two playoff games, making one special teams tackle.