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Lions sign Kevin Haslam, release Austin Holtz

The Detroit Lions have swapped out players at offensive tackle.

Sam Greenwood

On Saturday, it was reported that the Detroit Lions were looking for some help at offensive tackle. One day later, they decided to upgrade in the experience department by signing offensive tackle Kevin Haslam and releasing offensive tackle Austin Holtz.

Haslam entered the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. As is usually the case with players who sign with the Lions, Haslam was with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the start of his career. He was active for five games in 2010 in Jacksonville, and he made three starts in five games with the San Diego Chargers in 2012. He's also spent time with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, which just recently released him.

While this signing does come one day after the report about offensive tackle help, Haslam isn't exactly a veteran with lots of experience. He certainly doesn't have the track record of Justin Bannan, Rocky McIntosh or Rashean Mathis, who were all brought in to help the defense. Honestly, I don't expect Haslam to even make the 53-man roster, so I don't see him as a threat to contend for a starting job on the left or right side of the line.

At the very least, I suppose Haslam provides a bit more experience than Holtz, who joined the Lions as an undrafted free agent this year.

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