Lions Claim Turk McBride, Release Orien Harris

As speculated by PFT's Mike Florio yesterday, the Lions have claimed defensive end Turk McBride, who was waived by the Chiefs yesterday.  McBride was drafted in the second round back in 2007, so it's no surprise that the Lions claimed him.  Aside from wanting to upgrade their depth at DE, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was with the Chiefs when McBride was drafted.  As we have seen before, coaches like to bring their former players to their new teams when they become available, and that is exactly what happened in this case.

Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog, had this to say about McBride.

This is, in my opinion, a good move for McBride.  The Lions defense is coached by Gunther Cunningham, who was on staff when the Chiefs selected McBride in the second round of the 2007 draft.

While I was tweeting the news that McBride had been released, more than a few folks were chalking him up to another Herm Edwards draft pick failed.  Well, McBride just didn't fit the scheme.  He did everything the "Todd Haley Way" as Nick Wright of 610 Sports said this morning.

So, I think in a 4-3 defense, McBride's still got a chance.  Just because he was cut from the Chiefs doesn't mean he's a bad player.  He's just not a fit for what they do.

Orien Harris, the defensive tackle acquired in the Ronald Curry trade, was released to make room on the roster for McBride.

UPDATE: Via PFT, Adam Schefter reports that the Bears and Jaguars also put in a claim for McBride.

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