Detroit Lions cut two offensive lineman, add two more
Following final cuts on Saturday, the Detroit Lions continue to construct their roster releasing two offensive lineman and picking up their replacements.
The Detroit Lions spent Saturday trimming their roster down from 90 players to 53. That means the Motor City either released, waived or designated injured a whopping 37 players.
But despite making all of those moves, the Lions’ are far from being finished improving their roster. On Sunday, Detroit released two offensive lineman after being awarded two players via waiver claims.
The Lions were awarded guard Zac Kerin from the Minnesota Vikings and offensive tackle Brian Mihalik from the Pittsburgh Steelers off the waiver wire.
Kerin joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2014. He’s played in a total of 13 games in the past two seasons in Minnesota.
Mihalik is a 6-foot-9, 302 pound offensive tackle that was originally a seventh round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 as a defensive end out of Boston College. He switched to the offensive line after joining the Steelers in early 2016. He has yet to appear in a regular season game in the NFL.
According to DetroitLions.com’s Tim Twentyman, the Lions have now released both offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas and guard Brandon Thomas in order to make room on their roster for Kerin and Mihalik.
Lucas was signed by Detroit as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State in March of 2014. The swing tackle was a restricted free agent this offseason, so the Lions signed the young lineman to a one-year, $1.7 million contract in April. Lucas played 35 total games during his three seasons in Detroit, starting in six of them.
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Originally a third round selection by the San Francisco 49ers back in 2014, Thomas spent last season on Detroit’s practice squad after the Lions traded wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to the Niners for him last August.