“I just wanted to confirm the release of Zack Follett last night and thank him,” said Lewand. “(It’s) a credit to him that he worked as hard as he did during the offseason to be at a point where he could return to football. We made a decision that I think was in our best interest and I think probably in his best interest.”
The decision was made easier by the additions of Justin Durant and Stephen Tulloch. The decision also appears to clear the way for Bobby Carpenter to return to the team although that move wouldn’t have been surprising even if Follett had remained with the team.
“We were able to get Bobby Carpenter back for a visit today,” said Lewand. “He’s pending physical, but if everything goes well, there’s a good chance we could be in a position to add him later.”
Carpenter joined the Lions mid-season last year after being released by the Miami Dolphins. He could have been in a position to win a starting job had the Lions not already signed Durant and Tulloch but he will represent a significant linebacker depth upgrade over what they’ve had in recent memory. This is how an NFL roster is built. I know it’s been a while since we’ve seen a real NFL roster in Detroit, those days are over.