When Martin Mayhew says that he views roster improvement as a continual process, he isn’t kidding. All we need for evidence is this week full of roster moves. What, you thought they were done shifting guys in and out?
Wide receiver Lance Long and defensive end Robert Maci are the latest to depart. Their release makes room for the signing of free agent wide receiver Nate Willis and defensive end Braylon Broughton.
Yes, the same Braylon Broughton the team claimed on waivers only to release as a result of a failed physical less than two weeks ago. What changed over the course of the last two weeks is anyone’s guess. Perhaps the issue that triggered the failed physical just needed a couple weeks to heal and the Lions took the opportunity to try out a couple other bodies rather than waiting on Broughton to heal. What is clear, however, is that the Lions like Broughton having shown interest in him in the pre-draft process in 2012 and claiming him a couple weeks ago when he was released by the New Orleans Saints.
What is important to note about these latest moves is they come in close proximity to the close of the voluntary portion of OTAs. Next week the Lions hold their mandatory offseason minicamp.