5 free agent options for Detroit Lions to inevitably replace Halapoulivaati Vaitai

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1. Graham Glasgow

Glasgow was cut by the Denver Broncos late last week, as had been expected. He now lands right in the Lions laps as an ideal option to replace Vaitai.

Glasgow spent the last three seasons with the Broncos after signing a four-year, $44 million free agent deal in 2020. He played in all 17 games last season, starting 13 of them at center. As versatile offensive lineman go, with the ability to play all three interior line spots, he could have a lot of suitors once the higher-priced guys are spoken for.

Glasgow was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 2016 draft (No. 95 overall), out of Michigan. He started 27 games at left guard over his first two seasons, then all 16 games at center in 2018. Then he started 15 games at right guard in 2019, before leaving for the Broncos in free agency.

Former linemates Frank Ragnow and Taylor Decker would surely be on board with bringing Glasgow back to Detroit, at least it’s easy to assume. He could be a replacement for Brown’s versatility as a backup at all three interior line spots. But let’s go all the way and say he’d be lined up to replace Vaitai at right guard if he were signed.

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