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Thursday Notes: Lions Sign Ephraim Salaam

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  • The Lions signed veteran offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam today.  Salaam has been in the league for 11 seasons already and has played for 4 teams prior to signing with the Lions.  He visited the Lions back in early April and left without a deal.  He wanted to wait until after the draft to make sure someone like Jason Smith or another highly rated tackle wasn't drafted.  It's not that he is afraid of competition, but Salaam wants to make sure he doesn't voluntarily put himself in a situation like last season, where rookie Duane Brown beat him out for the starting job at left tackle.  In 2006 and 2007, Salaam started 30 out of 32 games for the Texans.  I don't know if he will be able to beat out Jeff Backus for the starting job at left tackle, but at the very least he will bring some competition to the position.
  • Roderick Hood has received a contract offer from the Rams and is going to visit the Bears next.  He has also visited the Lions, Browns, and Bengals, though Cincinnati is "out of the picture," according to PFT.
  • Zack Follett was surprised at how tough it is to learn an NFL defense.
  • With cornerback Walt Harris likely out for the season, the 49ers are already looking for his replacement, as they are going to meet with Dre' Bly today.