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Hilee Taylor's Agent Explains Why Client Didn't Report To Lions

It came out yesterday that the Detroit Lions put in a waiver claim for former Carolina Panthers defensive end Hilee Taylor. The problem is Taylor didn't report to camp, and the Lions put him on the reserve/did not report list as a result.

It was unclear why Taylor decided not to report to his new team until the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett got in touch with his agent, who explained the situation.

"Hilee made a personal decision to pursue other opportunities beyond football and start a new chapter in his life," Taylor’s agent, Kevin Omell, wrote in an e-mail to the Free Press.

Had Taylor decided to continue playing football, he would have competed to make the roster as one of the backups at defensive end. Turk McBride's departure to the New Orleans Saints opened the door for someone like Taylor to make the team, but that obviously won't be happening considering Taylor is giving up football.