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Lions Release George Foster

On the heels of agreeing to a deal with Jon Jansen, the Lions have released offensive tackle George Foster.  Foster was traded to Detroit in 2007 as part of a deal that sent Dre' Bly to Denver, and things didn't go so well for the big right tackle as a Lion.  He lost the starting job more than once during his time as a Lion, and it looked like he was done for good in Detroit after the 2008 season.  Foster was a free agent and was not immediately re-signed.  He was eventually brought back, however, though most figured it was just for depth purposes and nothing more.

As soon as news broke that Jansen agreed to a deal, speculation began on here about Foster's future.  I didn't necessarily expect him to get released this quickly, but the Lions obviously didn't want to waste anyone's time.  Once Jansen joins the team, the Lions will be set at the right tackle position.  He and Gosder Cherilus will compete for the starting job, and depth surprisingly won't be too much of an issue for the offensive line.