It’s no secret the Detroit Lions have holes to fill along their offensive line. Jeff Backus retired, Stephen Peterman was cut and Gosder Cherilus left via free agency. While the Lions have in-house candidates to fill each of those roles, they also have a versatile group of players that allows them to also seek options in free agency without fear of creating a depth chart logjam.
One such option is guard Brandon Moore, formerly of the New York Jets. He will reportedly take a free agent visit to the Lions’ facilities after a visit with the Dolphins did not produce a deal. Moore rated as the fourth-best guard during the 2012 season by Pro Football Focus with an overall rating of +21.3. He rated positively as a pass blocker with a +5.6 but he is an even better run blocker as shown in his stellar +12.8 rating in that area.
Moore will be 33 when the 2013 season starts but he has proven to be a durable player throughout his career and has an active consecutive games started streak of 137.
For all the good things Moore has done as a member of the Jets, he is probably best known as the “butt” portion of Mark Sanchez‘s infamous “butt fumble” (or as I like to call it, the bumble) during a 2012 game against the New England Patriots. Here is the play again, because it is just that funny:
Signing Moore would take Rodney Austin and Bill Nagy out of the running for a starting spot. Both could still be valuable as backups as the guard and center position. It would also mean that Jason Fox and Riley Reiff would be battling solely for a tackle spot with Corey Hilliard. Both Reiff and Fox have been speculated as possible guard candiates as well as at tackle.