Now, on Thursday, it looks like another offensive lineman could be ready to join the list of Lions free agents who have signed elsewhere. Specifically, offensive tackle Corey Hilliard may be a candidate to sign with the New York Jets after visiting them.
Lions OT Corey Hilliard is making a FA visit to the Jets. Injuries derailed his season the last 2 years, but good swing lineman— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 19, 2015
Hilliard has been with the Lions since 2009, and he actually made seven starts in 2013. He would have been in line to start multiple games last year as well, but he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1. Injuries have been a big issue for the Lions' right tackles for a couple of seasons now, and Hilliard played a part in that.
With the Lions seemingly not interested in re-signing Hilliard, it's no surprise that he's exploring his other options. When healthy, Hilliard is a solid veteran to have around in a backup role, but the Lions have a pretty good amount of depth at offensive tackle between Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle, Cornelius Lucas and Michael Williams. The Lions may need more overall talent at the position, but from a depth standpoint, they're in pretty good shape even if Hilliard doesn't return.