4 free agent offensive linemen the Detroit Lions could sign before Week 1

With depth there an ongoing and clear concern, here are four free agent offensive linemen the Detroit Lions could be ready to take a look at.

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4. Oday Aboushi

Before the Lions signed Bobby Hart a couple weeks ago, Aboushi tweeted about a workout and hinted at a possible return to the team. So they've gotten a look at him very recently, but it is telling that they signed Hart instead.

Aboushi played for the Lions under the previous regime in 2019 and 2020, starting a total of 10 games between right guard and right tackle. He spent the 2021 season with the Los Angeles Chargers, starting five games at right guard for them. Then he played in 16 games, with four starts at right guard, for the Los Angeles Rams last year.

A fifth-round pick by the New York Jets back in 2013, Aboushi has made 51 starts across multiple positions and seven NFL teams in his career.

Aboushi is the kind of versatile, experienced backup offensive line piece the Lions should (still) be seeking.

3. Joe Haeg

After he played just one offensive snap for them last season, the Browns released Haeg in June. He has bounced around the league the last few years, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021 to the Browns last year. His most notable stint came with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him in 2016 and he started 35 games for over his first three seasons.

Haeg has played every offensive line spot except center in his career, and all at a steady, respectable level according to PFF grades. He looks like an easy upgrade for the Lions' backup situation.