Jul 26, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Thomas (80) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Release WR Mike Thomas

Decimated by injuries at the wide receiver position a year ago, the Detroit Lions tried to solve some of their problems by acquiring Mike Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The move didn’t pay off in the second half of last year and now it never will – the Lions released Thomas earlier today.

With just five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown to his credit as a member of the Lions, he will better be remembered by the $1 million that will hang around against the Lions salary cap this season and the fifth round pick that will be made by the Jaguars instead of the Lions next April.

The move just didn’t work out by Thomas may still have a future in the NFL as a slot receiver. His release today was in line with many made this time of year as a courtesy to players who won’t make their current club but deserve time to find the right fit before teams finalize their rosters as the regular season nears.

The emergence of Matt Willis and the solid camp from Patrick Edwards made Thomas expendable, despite the relatively heavy investment they made in trading for him a year ago.

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