If the Detroit Lions want to bring in additional depth at defensive tackle, they won't be able to simply re-sign Andre Fluellen like last year. That's because Fluellen is headed to a division rival. He signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, taking him off the open market.
Fluellen entered the NFL as a third-round pick of the Lions back in 2008. He spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Lions, but he was let go during the final round of roster cuts last year. With a limited amount of spots on the D-line, there just wasn't room for him when the season began.
Fluellen landed with the Miami Dolphins for a couple games after leaving Detroit, and he later rejoined the Lions when injuries started piling up. He ended up appearing in three games for the Lions, and he made one start at the end of the season.
Since the Lions signed C.J. Mosley last week, they aren't in desperate need of help at defensive tackle. They still could probably use some extra depth, but there's a chance the draft will take care of that need.