Could Gosder Cherilus be returning to the Detroit Lions?


From 2008-2012 Gosder Cherilus played as an offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions

Afterward, he went on to the Indianapolis Colts in 2013-2014. While he started all 16 games for the Colts in 2013, 2014 was a different story. Last season he was plagued by a knee injury and started only 13 games. Due to the injury, his play time and his performance dropped.

Indianapolis released him over the weekend and he has teams with interest in him. The first team of interest is the Buffalo Bills, followed by a trip to Detroit.

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The 31-year-old, 6-foot-7 right tackle could help to bolster the offensive line even more, granted he is free of the knee issues that hindered him last season. He should still have a few years left in the tank and be able to help the run offense quite a bit as well as pass blocking. He has the size and the athletic capability to still be competitive in the NFL and could fit well with this team again.

Oct 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts tackle Gosder Cherilus (78) blocks at the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds (93) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 51-34. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Not only could the addition of Cherilus create some competition amongst the tackles and make them step their game up, but it could work out to the Detroit Lions advantage and result in a new starting right tackle. LaAdrian Waddle may have a battle on his hands to keep that position.

Although last year’s numbers for him look daunting, being ranked 70th out of 84 tackles in the league (per Pro Football Focus), hopefully that was just because of his nagging injury and not because he has taken a downhill slide.

Whatever way it works out, he will at least be looked at by Caldwell and Lombardi to see if he can be a fit on this team again.

Mark DeGain is a columnist for FanSided and For continued Detroit Lions news, rumors and analysis, be sure to follow both him and SLR on twitter at @Mark_DeGain_SLR and @SideLionReport.

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