Lions to host DT Sedrick Ellis for visit, according to report

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions are planning to bring in free-agent defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis for a visit, according to a report.

On Monday, the Detroit Lions signed veteran offensive lineman Leroy Harris. Now, it looks like they could be turning their attention to adding some veteran depth at defensive tackle, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Sedrick Ellis is set to visit the team this week.

Ellis, who was drafted by the New Orleans Saints seventh overall in 2008, is entering his sixth season in the NFL. He was a starter for all five of his years in New Orleans, and he's coming off of a season where he made 16 starts and had 36 tackles and 1 pass defended. A few years ago, in 2010, Ellis racked up 44 tackles and 6.0 sacks in 16 games for the Saints.

The Lions are set at defensive tackle when it comes to their starters, as they have Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at the top of the depth chart. They also have a solid backup in C.J. Mosley, who joined the team in April. They could still use one more veteran player as extra depth at defensive tackle, though, and Ellis seems like he would be a solid addition given his starting experience. At the very least, he would probably be an upgrade over Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.

UPDATE: It turns out that Ellis is visiting the Lions right now (5:10 p.m. ET on Monday), according to Dave Birkett.

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